Gogol From the Twentieth Century: Eleven Essays

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Overview

The fiction and drama of Gogol, now widely read in English, have delighted, puzzled, and inspired Russian critics for nearly a century and a half. In this anthology, Robert A. Maguire offers to English-speaking readers a selection of the impressive critical achievement that the writings of Gogol have stimulated. Each of the eleven essays is at once a fresh contribution to the study of Gogol and an example of one major school of criticism cultivated in contemporary Russia.

Professor Maguire's introductory survey provides an overview of Gogol criticism from its nineteenth-century background to its current directions. The essays that follow touch on all of Gogol's major works, notably Dead Souls, The Inspector General, Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka, "The Nose," and "The Overcoat."

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The Russian Review
In putting together this extremely useful volume, Robert Maguire has pursued a complex set of aims—to illumilnate Gogol's art in ways that must be a novel for readers who do not know Russian, to represent the principal approaches of Russian twentieth-century criticism, and at the same time to cover all of Gogol's major writings. These aims are brilliantly achieved, and it is not only the nonspecialists who will find te book stimulating . . . Maguire's work as a translator and editor is exemplary.
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"In putting together this extremely useful volume, Robert Maguire has pursued a complex set of aims—to illumilnate Gogol's art in ways that must be a novel for readers who do not know Russian, to represent the principal approaches of Russian twentieth-century criticism, and at the same time to cover all of Gogol's major writings. These aims are brilliantly achieved, and it is not only the nonspecialists who will find te book stimulating . . . Maguire's work as a translator and editor is exemplary."—The Russian Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691013268
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Abbreviations xii
Introduction: The Legacy of Criticism 3
1. Gogol and the Devil 55
2. Burnt to Ashes 103
3. The Evolution of Gogol's Art 133
4. "The Nose" 155
5. Gogol's Inspector General and the Comedy of Aristophanes 199
6. The Inspector General: Structure and Problems 215
7. How Gogol's "Overcoat" Is Made 267
8. About Gogol's "Overcoat" 293
9. The Technique of the Comic in Gogol 323
10. The "All-Seeing Eye" in Gogol 375
Men, Women, and Match-makers 390
Bibliography 405
Index of Names 407
Index of Titles of Gogol's Works 412
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