Presents a tripartite thesis - that the Orthodox religion (though not Russian Orthodox) functions as a sub-text throughout Gogol's work; that Gogol works were of a moralist vein; and that Gogol's torch was passed not to Russian Orthodox writers, but to Jewish writers of Yiddish tales.
Leonard J. Stanton is Professor of Russian Language, Literature and Culture at Louisiana State University. James D. Hardy, Jr. is Professor of European History, Literature and Culture at Louisiana State University.
Foreword, Acknowledgements, Introduction; Part I. - Perspectives; 1. Iconic Perspective: A Saint Visits: Serafim of Sarov; 2. Social Perspective: The Painting of Alexander Ivanov; 3. Ironic Perspective: Vranyo; Part II - Fiction; 4. The Provinces; 5. Dead Souls; 6. St. Petersburg Grotesque; 7. Four Comedies; Part III - Russia; 8. Feminine Virtue; 9. Arabesques; 10. Religion: Selected Passages; Part IV - Successors; 11. Bogoiskateli and Galut; 12. The Russian Jewish Literary Tradition; Endnotes, Bibliography, Index.