Limits to Interpretation: The Meanings of Anna Karenina

Limits to Interpretation: The Meanings of Anna Karenina

by Vladimir E. Alexandrov
     
 

Vladimir E. Alexandrov advocates a broad revision of the academic study of literature and proposes an adaptive, text-specific reading methodology that is designed to minimize the circularity of interpretation inherent in the act of reading. He illustrates this method on the example of Tolstoy’s classic novel via a detailed "map" of the different possible

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Vladimir E. Alexandrov advocates a broad revision of the academic study of literature and proposes an adaptive, text-specific reading methodology that is designed to minimize the circularity of interpretation inherent in the act of reading. He illustrates this method on the example of Tolstoy’s classic novel via a detailed "map" of the different possible readings that the novel can support.  Anna Karenina emerges as deeply conflicted, polyvalent, and quite unlike what one finds in other critical studies.

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"A much more exhaustive and detailed analysis of the novel than anyone has ever attempted before—an analysis quite remarkable and illuminating, and nothing less than admirable in its search for the secrets of Tolstoy in the labyrinth of his own text."—Joseph Frank

"Alexandrov has written an immensely thorough, imaginative, original, and revealing analysis of this great novel that is at the same time a forthright advocacy of more rigorous, text-focused interpretation. The book should thus be of great interest both to Tolstoy aficionados and to adepts of the theory of narrative prose."—Hugh McLean

“A major contribution to Tolstoy studies. . . . Essential.”—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299195403
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Hugh McLean
ALEXANDROV HAS WRITTEN AN IMMENSELY THOROUGH, imaginative, original, and revealing analysis of this great novel that is at the same time a forthright advocacy of more rigorous, text-focused interpretation. The book should thus be of great interest both to Tolstoy aficionados and to adepts of the theory of narrative prose.
Peter Brooks
A WISE AND ERUDITE STUDY that uses Tolstoy's Anna Karenina to account for the plural meanings that a great work of art provokes.... A forceful and persuasive argument against originality of interpretation.
Michael Holquist
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK. . . . in addition to being a masterful contribution to our understanding of a great work of art it is a manifesto proclaiming a new theory of reading in general. . . . In lucid and lively prose Alexandrov shows that the excitement and efficacy of combining the strictest rigor with the boldest generalization still has much to give to our understanding of . . . specifically literary discourse.
Joseph Frank
A MUCH MORE EXHAUSTIVE AND DETAILED ANALYSIS of the novel than anyone has ever attempted before—an analysis quite remarkable and illuminating, and nothing less than admirable in its search for the secrets of Tolstoy in the labyrinth of his own text. It is written so clearly and lucidly, however, that it may well appeal to intelligent non-specialist readers with an interest in Tolstoy.

Meet the Author

Vladimir E. Alexandrov is the B. E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, editor of The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov, and author of Nabokov’s Otherworld.

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