Transnational Tolstoy: Between the West and the World

Transnational Tolstoy: Between the West and the World

by John Burt Foster, Jr.
     
 

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Transnational Tolstoy renews and enhances our understanding of Tolstoy's fiction in the context of "World Literature," a term that he himself used in What is Art? (1897). It offers a fresh perspective on Tolstoy's fiction as it connects with writers and works from outside his Russian context, including Stendhal, Flaubert, Goethe, Proust, Lampedusa and Mahfouz.

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Transnational Tolstoy renews and enhances our understanding of Tolstoy's fiction in the context of "World Literature," a term that he himself used in What is Art? (1897). It offers a fresh perspective on Tolstoy's fiction as it connects with writers and works from outside his Russian context, including Stendhal, Flaubert, Goethe, Proust, Lampedusa and Mahfouz.

Foster provides an interlocking series of cross-cultural readings ranging from nineteenth-century Germany, France, and Italy through the rise of modernist fiction and the crisis of World War II, to the growth of a worldwide literary outlook from 1960 onward. He emphasizes Tolstoy's writings with the most consistent international resonance: War and Peace and Anna Karenina, two of the world's most compelling novels.

Transnational Tolstoy also discusses a shorter work, Hadji Murad. It shares the earlier novels' historical sweep, social breadth, and subtle interplay among a large cast of characters. Along with bringing Tolstoy's gifts to bear on a Muslim protagonist, it also represents his most sustained attempt at world literature.

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From the Publisher

Transnational Tolstoy is a welcome and groundbreaking addition to Tolstoy studies, and to the transnational reading of Russian literature generally … In this rewarding volume, John Burt Foster has updated and extended the exhausted genres of ‘Tolstoy and the West’ and ‘Tolstoy and World Literature.’ … Transnational Tolstoy provokes consideration … and plays an exemplary role in opening Tolstoy’s complex position ‘between the west and the world’ to new and productive approaches.” - William Nickell, University of Chicago, Slavic and East European Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441157706
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
06/20/2013
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

John Burt Foster, Jr., is University Professor of English and Cultural Studies at George Mason University, USA. He is the author of Heirs to Dionysus: A Nietzschean Current in Literary Modernism (Princeton University Press, 1981) and Nabokov's Art Memory and European Modernism (Princeton University Press, 1993) and the editor, with Wayne J. Froman, of Dramas of Culture: Theory, History, Performance (Lexington Books, 2008). He is the past editor of The Comparatist and of Recherche littéraire / Literary Research, the journal of the International Comparative Literature Association.

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