Reading Dostoevsky / Edition 1

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Overview

Admirers have praised Fedor Dostoevsky as the Russian Shakespeare, while his critics have slighted his novels as merely cheap amusements. In this stimulating critical introduction to Dostoevsky's fiction, literary scholar Victor Terras asks readers to draw their own conclusions about the nineteenth-century Russian writer. Discussing psychological, political, mythical, and philosophical approaches, Terras deftly guides readers through the range of diverse and even contradictory interpretations of Dostoevsky's rich novels.

Moving through the novelist's career, Terras presents a general analysis of the novel at issue, each chapter focusing on a particular aspect of Dostoevsky's art. He probes the form and style of Crime and Punishment, and explores the ambiguity of The Brothers Karamazov. Terras emphasizes the "markedness" of Dostoevsky's novels, their wealth of literary devices such as irony, literary allusions, scenic effects, puns, and witticisms.

Terras conveys the vital contradictions and ambiguities of the novels. In this informative, engaging literary study, he brings Dostoevsky and his art to life.

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Robert Louis Jackson
I know of no other book that approaches the art of Dostoevsky in the manner Terras does.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299160548
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,395,046
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Victor Terras is Henry L. Goddard University Professor of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature emeritus at Brown University. He is the author of several books, most recently Mayakovsky; The Idiot: An Interpretation; and A History of Russian Literature. A Karamazov Companion is also published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Terras has translated three volumes of Dostoevsky’s writing and edited seven volumes of Slavic scholarly texts.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Detractors and Defenders of Dostoevsky's Art 3
2 The Early Dostoevsky 14
3 Fact, Fiction, and Psychology in Dostoevsky's Art 32
4 The Art of Crime and Punishment 51
5 The Hierarchy of Meanings in The Idiot 73
6 Dostoevsky and the Drama: The Possessed 83
7 On the Style of A Raw Youth 101
8 Subtext, Intertext, and Ambiguity in The Brothers Karamazov 113
App How Much Does Dostoevsky lose in English Translation? 149
Bibliography 163
Index 169
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