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Transnational Tolstoy: Between the West and the World

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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,...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441153265
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/20/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Burt Foster is Professor of World and Comparative Literature 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 past editor of The Comparatist, an annual journal for comparative literary study, and now edits Recherche littéraire / Literary Research, a bilingual international journal in the same field.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Transnational Tolstoy and the New Comparatism

Part One: Facing West

1. "Occidentalism" in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Culture Shock on European Visits
2. Vengeance is Mine: Anna Karenina and Stendhal's Italy
3. Napoleonic Anniversaries: War and Peace and Flaubert's Sentimental Education
4. From Worldliness to World Literature: Tolstoy between Goethe and Proust

Part Two: Outside the Soviet Canon

5. Realism as Imagism: Tolstoy, Nabokov, and Modernist Fiction
6. Toxic Nationalism: From Tolstoy and Stendhal to Malraux and Lampedusa
7. Felt History: From Anna Karenina to Magical Realism

Part Three: Into the World

8. What is Art?, Hadji Murad, and World Literature
9. Dialogues with Tolstoy: Premchand and Mahfouz
10. "Show Me the Zulu Tolstoy": Who Owns War and Peace?
11. Postcoloniality and Islamic Identity in Hadji Murad

Conclusion: Between the West and the World

Bibliography
Index

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