How Dostoevsky Portrays Women in His Novels: A Feminist Analysis

How Dostoevsky Portrays Women in His Novels: A Feminist Analysis

By: Katherine Jane Briggs (author)Hardback

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This study explores the relationship between public work and influence, and private faith and spiritual development, through the female characters in Dostoevsky's novels; and also the influence of one writer upon another. The work establishes that women may be viewed as characters in their own right, rather than merely as symbols or consorts for the men. It also examines whether, from a feminist theological perspective, Dostoevsky takes seriously the experience of women in terms of their relationships and work and conflict with personal and institutional evil. A new conversation between nineteenth-century Russian literature and present-day feminist theology is initiated through consideration of Dostoevsky's art in relation to women and the Gospel. This study takes account of Dostoevsky's public life as a novelist and journalist, and also his private life as a husband and father. The Introduction sets the work in context, with regard to feminist theology and literary criticism, and also functions partly as a review of relevant secondary literature.The biographical sketch describes personal relationships and events in Dostoevsky's life which may be supposed to have influenced his writing about women. The substantive chapters trace and analyze the development of his presentation of significant female characters (including some who have received little critical attention to date) in selected major novels, in chronological order of composition. The Conclusion summarizes the research and suggests pathways for further study.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773437746
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 340
  • ID: 9780773437746
  • ISBN10: 0773437746

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