Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity
Marking the bicentenary of Dostoevsky’s birth, Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity takes the writer’s art – specifically the tension between experience and formal representation – as its central theme. While many critical approaches to Dostoevsky’s works are concerned with spiritual and philosophical dilemmas, this volume focuses instead on questions of design and narrative to explore Dostoevsky and the novel from a multitude of perspectives.
Contributions situate Dostoevsky’s formal choices of narrative, plot, genre, characterization, and the novel itself within modernity and consider how the experience of modernity led to Dostoevsky’s particular engagement with form. Conceived as a forum for younger scholars working in new directions in Dostoevsky scholarship, the chapters that comprise this volume ask how narrative and genre shape Dostoevsky’s works, as well as how they influence the way modernity is represented. Of interest not just to readers and scholars of Russian literature, but also to those interested in the genre of the novel more broadly, Dostoevsky at 200 is pathbreaking in its approach to the question of Dostoevsky’s contribution to the novel as a form.
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Author InformationKatherine Bowers is an associate professor in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Kate Holland is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto.
Table of contents
Note on Transliteration
Introduction: Dostoevsky and the Novel in Modernity
Katherine Bowers and Kate Holland
1. The Poetics of the Slap: Dostoevsky’s Disintegrating Duel Plot
2. Dostoevsky and the Missing Marriage Plot
Anna A. Berman
3. The Greasy-Haired Pawnbroker and the Capitalist Raskrasavitsa: Dostoevsky’s Businesswomen
4. Allegories of the Material World: Dostoevsky and Nineteenth-Century Science
5. Dostoevsky, Sechenov, and the Reflexes of the Brain: Toward a Stylistic Genealogy of Notes from Underground
6. Deferred Senses and Distanced Spaces: Embodying the Boundaries of Dostoevsky’s Realism
Sarah J. Young
7. Under the Floorboards, Over the Door: The Gothic Corpse and Writing Fear in The Idiot
8. The Improbable Poetics of Crime and Punishment
9. Illegitimacies of the Novel: Characterization in The Adolescent
10. Sovereignty and the Novel: Dostoevsky’s Political Theology
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