Dostoevsky and the Russian People

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Russian popular culture and folklore were a central theme in Dostoevsky's work, and folklore imagery permeates his fiction. Dostoevsky and the Russian People is the most comprehensive study of the people and folklore in his art to date. Linda Ivanits investigates the integration of Dostoevsky's religious ideas and his use of folklore in his major fiction. She surveys the shifts in Dostoevsky's thinking about the Russian people throughout his life and offers comprehensive studies of the people and folklore in ...
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Overview

Russian popular culture and folklore were a central theme in Dostoevsky's work, and folklore imagery permeates his fiction. Dostoevsky and the Russian People is the most comprehensive study of the people and folklore in his art to date. Linda Ivanits investigates the integration of Dostoevsky's religious ideas and his use of folklore in his major fiction. She surveys the shifts in Dostoevsky's thinking about the Russian people throughout his life and offers comprehensive studies of the people and folklore in Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Devils, and The Brothers Karamazov. This important study will illuminate this unexplored aspect of his work, and will be of great interest to scholars and students of Russian and of comparative literature.
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'… the study is full of interesting details and the interpretations it advances are often persuasive …' Modern Language Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521188753
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Ivanits is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

Note on transliteration

Introduction The people in Dostoevsky's art and thought 1

1 The face of the people, 1821-1865 8

2 The world of the people in Crime and Punishment 45

3 The Idiot: where have all the people gone? 77

4 Fumbling toward Holy Russia in The Devils 106

5 Back in Russia: the face of the people, 1871-1877 133

6 The Brothers Karamazov: Christ walks the Russian land 159

Concluding remarks: Dostoevsky and the people 189

Notes 194

Bibliography 233

Index 249

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