Between Religion and Rationality: Essays in Russian Literature and Culture

Between Religion and Rationality: Essays in Russian Literature and Culture

by Joseph Frank


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ISBN-13: 9780691145662
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/21/2010
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joseph Frank is professor emeritus of Slavic and comparative literature at Stanford and Princeton. The five volumes of his Dostoevsky biography, published between 1976 and 2002, won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Times book prize, two James Russell Lowell Prizes, two Christian Gauss Awards, and other honors. In 2008, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies awarded Frank its highest honor.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Classics

1 Pour Folk and House of the Dead 9

2 The Idiot 29

3 Demons 46

4 War and Peace 64

Part II The Russian Tradition

5 Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia 87

6 A Life of Pushkin 107

7 Oblomov and Goncharov 118

8 On Psychological Prose Lydia Ginzburg 129

9 Russian Conservatism and Its Critics Richard Pipes 143

Part III The Dostoevskian Orbit

10 Dostoevsky and Anti-Semitism 159

11 In Search of Dostoevsky 173

12 Arkady Kovner 185

13 The Master of Petersburg J. M. Coetzee 196

14 Dostoevsky and Evil 204

Part IV Twentieth-Century Issues

15 Anton Chekhov 219

16 The Triumph of Abram Tertz 230

17 D. S. Mirsky 249

18 Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on Literature 261

Index 287

What People are Saying About This

Gary Saul Morson

This is a wonderful and illuminating collection written for general readers. Yet any Russian specialist can also benefit from Frank's interpretations, which bear the stamp of his powerful and distinctive mind. This thought-provoking book is difficult to put down and the coda on Nabokov's lectures is a delight.
Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

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