The Cambridge Companion to Dostoevskii (Cambridge Companions by W. J. Leatherbarrow

By W. J. Leatherbarrow

I'm a lover of all Russian literature and for a few cause can't placed my finger on precisely why. there's such complexity in Dostoevskii that one profits from students that examine him greatly. on the way to comprehend Russian literature, one needs to comprehend the writer, the political and 12 months within which it used to be written. it really is crucial that you try to achieve an figuring out of the tradition of the Russian humans during this interval and the phobia issue of residing in Russia.
The complexity of Dostoevskii is astounding and he has a willing means, in his writings, to show your soul.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Cambridge Companion to Dostoevskii (Cambridge Companions to Literature) PDF

Similar world literature books

The Blackwell Guide to Hume's Treatise

David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature is without doubt one of the most crucial works of recent philosophy. This consultant offers scholars with the scholarly and interpretive instruments had to start mining Hume’s Treatise for philosophical perception. The consultant comprises fifteen newly written chapters by means of prime Hume students.

The Work of Mourning

Jacques Derrida is, within the phrases of the long island occasions , ''perhaps the world's most renowned philosopher—if no longer the one well-known thinker. '' He frequently provokes controversy once his identify is pointed out. yet he additionally evokes the dignity that comes from an illustrious occupation, and, between many that have been his colleagues and friends, he encouraged friendship.

Eastern Figures: Orient and Empire in British Writing

Japanese Figures is a literary historical past with a distinction. It examines British writing in regards to the East – focused on India yet radiating so far as Egypt and the Pacific – within the colonial and postcolonial interval. It takes as its topic "the East" that used to be actual to the British mind's eye, principally the production of writers who defined and advised tales approximately it, descriptions and tales colored by way of the adventure of empire and its aftermath.

Born under Auschwitz : melancholy traditions in postwar German literature

In German stories the literary phenomenon of depression, which has a longstanding and various heritage in ecu letters, has usually been linked to the Early glossy and Baroque sessions, Romanticism, and the predicament of modernity. This organization, along the dominant psychoanalytical view of depression in German reminiscence discourses because the Nineteen Sixties, has ended in its forget as an enormous literary mode in postwar German literature, a scenario the current booklet seeks to redress via selecting and interpreting epochal postwar works that use depression traditions to touch upon German historical past within the aftermath of the Holocaust.

Extra resources for The Cambridge Companion to Dostoevskii (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

Sample text

He is Jewish, and in the anti-semitic lore of the time Jews were excluded from heaven for their crucifixion of Christ. Threshold motifs also surround the figure of Nikolai Stavrogin in The Devils. The reader first glimpses him pausing on the threshold of a room in his mother’s house (x, 145; Pt 1, Ch. 5). Later, in his confession, he describes the suicide of the little girl, Matresha, whom he had dishonoured. As he explains, he is haunted by the image of her standing on the threshold, threatening him with the shake of her small fist.

Such foregrounding of scientific enquiry and the scientific method was, of course, characteristic of an age which was witnessing the technological progress generated by industrialisation, and the retreat of metaphysical explanations in the face of the triumphal entry of scientific rationality into areas where it had previously been deemed inappropriate: Darwin’s Origin of Species was challenging traditional assumptions about creation; Marx was offering explanations of society and history in terms of objective and immutable ‘scientific’ laws.

But Dostoevskii was dependent upon that activity not only for his reputation, but also for his livelihood, a situation that remained essentially unaltered until his death in 1881. By the end of his life his financial affairs were more or less in order, but the period between the collapse of his journal Epoch in 1865 (a year which also saw him assume financial responsibility for the family of his late brother Mikhail) and the completion of The Devils in 1872 were years of acute financial hardship, not helped by his pathological addiction to roulette.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.47 of 5 – based on 41 votes

Related posts