Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity

Edited by Katherine Bowers and Kate Holland

© 2021

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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Reconsidering Dostoevsky’s legacy 200 years after his birth, this collection addresses how and why his novels contribute so much to what we think of as the modern condition.

Dostoevsky at 200: The Novel in Modernity

Edited by Katherine Bowers and Kate Holland

© 2021

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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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Katherine 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

    Acknowledgments

    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
    Kate Holland

    2. Dostoevsky and the Missing Marriage Plot
    Anna A. Berman

    3. The Greasy-Haired Pawnbroker and the Capitalist Raskrasavitsa: Dostoevsky’s Businesswomen
    Vadim Shneyder

    4. Allegories of the Material World: Dostoevsky and Nineteenth-Century Science
    Melissa Frazier

    5. Dostoevsky, Sechenov, and the Reflexes of the Brain: Toward a Stylistic Genealogy of Notes from Underground
    Alexey Vdovin

    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
    Katherine Bowers

    8. The Improbable Poetics of Crime and Punishment
    Greta Matzner-Gore

    9. Illegitimacies of the Novel: Characterization in The Adolescent
    Chloƫ Kitzinger

    10. Sovereignty and the Novel: Dostoevsky’s Political Theology
    Ilya Kliger

    Works Cited

    Contributors

    Index

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