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Through the Russian Prism : Essays on Literature and Culture - Joseph Frank

Through the Russian Prism

Essays on Literature and Culture

Paperback Published: 21st December 1989
ISBN: 9780691014562
Number Of Pages: 252

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Joseph Frank's continuing biography of Dostoevsky is by now recognized as one of the major achievements of this century in this form, and perhaps the best work on the author in any language. During the course of this long-range effort, Frank has also produced articles, introductions, and occasional pieces that arise from his acute awareness of how Western ideas are changed, transformed, and given new meanings and implications when they are reflected through the Russian prism. It is this interaction between Russia and the West that has fascinated Frank for many years and that provides the focus for these essays. Assembled here are twenty contributions dealing with the culture that generated the great novels of Dostoevsky and the criticism of the Russian formalists of the early twentieth century, whose perceptions still shape our views of Russian and much of world literature. Included are evaluations of books by Jakobson and Bakhtin, as well as of books about the development of Russian formalist criticism and thought. At the center are pieces on Dostoevsky and his milieu, as well as on his influence on world literature. Among them are Frank's New Criterion piece on Ralph Ellison's debt to Dostoevsky and a critical examination of the world-famous article by Freud on the Russian master. Gathered together, these essays reveal one of the powerful critical intelligences of our time, considering issues that arise from his study of Dostoevsky but which extend well beyond the time and place of that novelist alone.

Prefacep. xi
Roman Jakobson: The Master Linguistp. 3
The Voices of Mikhail Bakhtinp. 18
Ralph Ellison and Dostoevskyp. 34
The Lectures of Professor Pninp. 49
Russian Thought: The Road to Revolutionp. 57
The Search for a Positive Herop. 75
Russian Populismp. 83
From Gogol to the Gulagp. 89
Freud's Case History of Dostoevskyp. 109
The Background of Crime and Punishmentp. 122
The Devils and the Nechaev Affairp. 137
Approaches to the Diary of a Writerp. 153
Dostoevsky: Updated and Historicalp. 170
Dostoevsky and the European Romanticsp. 179
The Dilemmas of Radicalism
Nikolay Chernyshevsky: A Russian Utopiap. 187
Sons against Fathersp. 201
Deadly Idealist: Mikhail Bakuninp. 209
Alexander Herzen: Who Is to Blame?p. 213
The Birth of "Russian Socialism"p. 219
A Word on Leskovp. 225
Indexp. 229
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ISBN: 9780691014562
ISBN-10: 0691014566
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 21st December 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36