The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Genre in the 1870s (Studies in Russian Literature and Theory)

The Novel in the Age of Disintegration: Dostoevsky and the Problem of Genre in the 1870s (Studies in Russian Literature and Theory)

By: Kate Holland (author)Hardback

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Scholars have long been fascinated by the creative struggles with genre manifested throughout Dostoevsky's career. In The Novel in the Age of Disintegration, Kate Holland brings historical context to bear, showing that Dostoevsky wanted to use the form of the novel as a means of depicting disintegration brought on by various crises in Russian society in the 1860s. This required him to reinvent the genre. At the same time he sought to infuse his novels with the capacity to inspire belief in social and spiritual reintegration, so he returned to some older conventions of a society that was already becoming outmoded. In thoughtful readings of Demons, The Adolescent, A Writer's Diary,and The Brothers Karamazov, Holland delineates Dostoevsky's struggle to adapt a genre to the reality of the present, with all its upheavals, while maintaining a utopian vision of Russia's future mission.

About Author

Kate Holland is an assistant professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810129269
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 308
  • ID: 9780810129269
  • ISBN10: 0810129264

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