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Dostoyevsky after Bakhtin : Readings in Dostoyevsky's Fantastic Realism - Malcolm V. Jones

Dostoyevsky after Bakhtin

Readings in Dostoyevsky's Fantastic Realism

Hardcover Published: 9th August 2003
ISBN: 9780521384230
Number Of Pages: 240

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Recent developments in critical theory form the basis for this new study of Dostoyevsky which evaluates the radical contributions to Dostoyevsky criticism made by the critic and literary theorist M.M. Bakhtin. Malcolm Jones first redefines Dostoyevsky's much-debated "fantastic realism"; accepting Bakhtin's reading of Dostoyevsky in its essentials, he seeks out its weaknesses and develops it in new directions. Taking well-known texts by Dostoyevsky in turn, Jones illustrates aspects of their multivoicedness: the emotional and intellectual turmoil suffered by individual characters in the novels; the frequent surprises that undermine the confidence of readers (and other characters) who suppose they have fully understood a character; and finally some of the ways in which Dostoyevsky's texts make use of both factual documentation and Romantic traditions of unreality.

"...Jones carves out a valuable and provocative place for Dostoyevsky within modernity's general rejections of historical rationalism. The result is clearly fertile ground for newer critical concepts through which to reread Dostoevsky." Roger Anderson, Russian Review

Foreword
Introduction: Dostoyevsky-s fantastic realism
The Underground
The double: Dostoyevsky-s idea for the Double
Notes from Underground: the discovery of -the underground-
Driving People Crazy
Crime and Punishment: driving other people crazy
The Devil: driving society crazy
The Idiot: driving the reader crazy
Chinese Whispers
The Marion motif: the whisper of the precursor
The Brothers Karamazov: the whisper of God
Conclusion: Dostoyevsky-s fantastic realism
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521384230
ISBN-10: 0521384230
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 9th August 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.45