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Dostoevsky in Context

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Olga Maiorova, Deborah A. Martinsen, Richard Wortman, Nathaniel Knight, Anna Schur, James P. Scanlan, Derek Offord, Barbara Engel, Jonathan Paine, Richard Wortman, Irina Reyfman, Inessa Medzhibovskaya, Michael D. Gordin, Harriet Murav, Susan Morrissey, Robin Feuer Miller, Richard J. Rosenthal, Anne Lounsbery, Robert Belknap, Sarah J. Young, Nel Grillaert, Irina Paert, Mikhail Dolbilov, Robert Geraci, Konstantine Klioutchkine, Liza Knapp, Carol Apollonio, Susan Layton, Linda Ivanits, Karin Beck, Maude Meisel, Ellen Chances, Sarah Hudspith, Kate Holland, Irene Zohrab
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  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107028760

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  • This volume explores the Russia where the great writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881), was born and lived. It focuses not only on the Russia depicted in Dostoevsky's works, but also on the Russian life that he and his contemporaries experienced: on social practices and historical developments, political and cultural institutions, religious beliefs, ideological trends, artistic conventions and literary genres. Chapters by leading scholars illuminate this broad context, offer insights into Dostoevsky's reflections on his age, and examine the expression of those reflections in his writing. Each chapter investigates a specific context and suggests how we might understand Dostoevsky in relation to it. Since Russia took so much from Western Europe throughout the imperial period, the volume also locates the Russian experience within the context of Western thought and practices, thereby offering a multidimensional view of the unfolding drama of Russia versus the West in the nineteenth century.

    • Includes thirty-five chapters on Dostoevsky and nineteenth-century Russia
    • An invaluable resource for understanding the writer and his work
    • Provides the latest research by leading experts in the field
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    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107028760
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 1 map 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    1. Introduction: the many worlds of Dostoevsky Olga Maiorova and Deborah A. Martinsen
    Part I. Social, Historical, and Cultural Contexts: Section 1. Changing Political, Economic, and Social Landscape:
    2. The great reforms and the new courts Richard Wortman
    3. The abolition of serfdom Nathaniel Knight
    4. Punishment and crime Anna Schur
    5. Socialism, utopia, and myth James P. Scanlan
    6. Nihilism and terrorism Derek Offord
    7. The 'woman question', women's work, women's options Barbara Engel
    8. The economy and the print market Jonathan Paine
    Section 2. Political, Social, and Cultural Institutions:
    9. Russian monarchy and the people Richard Wortman
    10. Empire Olga Maiorova
    11. Service ranks Irina Reyfman
    12. Education Inessa Medzhibovskaya
    13. Science, technology, and medicine Michael D. Gordin
    14. Jews, race, and biology Harriet Murav
    15. Suicide Susan Morrissey
    16. Children Robin Feuer Miller
    17. Gambling Richard J. Rosenthal
    Section 3. Space and Place:
    18. Symbolic geography Anne Lounsbery
    19. St Petersburg Robert Belknap
    20. The Crystal Palace Sarah J. Young
    Section 4. Religion and Modernity:
    21. Orthodox spirituality Nel Grillaert
    22. Religious dissent Irina Paert
    23. Roman Catholicism Mikhail Dolbilov
    24. Islam Robert Geraci
    Part II. Literature, Journalism, and Languages:
    25. Modern print culture Konstantine Klioutchkine
    26. Realism Liza Knapp
    27. Dostoevsky: translator and translated Carol Apollonio
    28. Travel and travel writing Susan Layton
    29. Folklore Linda Ivanits
    30. Foreign languages Karin Beck
    31. Theater Maude Meisel
    32. Dostoevsky's journalism and fiction Ellen Chances
    33. Dostoevsky's journalism in the 1860s Sarah Hudspith
    34. Dostoevsky's journalism in the 1870s Kate Holland
    35. Censorship Irene Zohrab
    Glossary
    Further reading.

  • Editors

    Deborah A. Martinsen, Columbia University, New York
    Deborah A. Martinsen is Associate Dean of Alumni Education and Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is author of Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky's Liars and Narrative Exposure (2003; in Russian 2011), editor of Literary Journals in Imperial Russia (1997), and co-editor of Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (with Cathy Popkin and Irina Reyfman, 2014).

    Olga Maiorova, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Olga Maiorova is Associate Professor of Russian Literature and History at the University of Michigan. She is the author of From the Shadow of Empire: Defining the Russian Nation through Cultural Mythology, 1855–1870 (2010) and has edited several books, including a two-volume edition of previously unpublished works by the major nineteenth-century writer Nikolai Leskov (1997–2000, in Russian) with Ksenia Bogaevskaya and Lia Rosenblium.

    Contributors

    Olga Maiorova, Deborah A. Martinsen, Richard Wortman, Nathaniel Knight, Anna Schur, James P. Scanlan, Derek Offord, Barbara Engel, Jonathan Paine, Richard Wortman, Irina Reyfman, Inessa Medzhibovskaya, Michael D. Gordin, Harriet Murav, Susan Morrissey, Robin Feuer Miller, Richard J. Rosenthal, Anne Lounsbery, Robert Belknap, Sarah J. Young, Nel Grillaert, Irina Paert, Mikhail Dolbilov, Robert Geraci, Konstantine Klioutchkine, Liza Knapp, Carol Apollonio, Susan Layton, Linda Ivanits, Karin Beck, Maude Meisel, Ellen Chances, Sarah Hudspith, Kate Holland, Irene Zohrab

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