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Title:
The Cambridge companion to Dostoevskii
Author:
Leatherbarrow, William J.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xvi, 244 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1510 Lexile.
Electronic Access:
Publisher description http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/cam022/2002067684.html
ISBN:
9780521652537

9780521654739
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Book

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Summary

Key dimensions of Dostoevskii's writing and life are explored in this collection of specially commissioned essays. While remaining accessible to an undergraduate and non-specialist readership, the essays as a whole seek to renegotiate the terms in which Dostoevskii and his works are to be approached. This is achieved by replacing the conventional 'life and works' format by one that seeks instead to foreground key aspects of the cultural context in which those works were produced. Contributors trace the often complex relationship between those aspects and the processes accompanying the creation of Dostoevskii's art. They examine topics such as Dostoevskii's relation to folk literature, money, religion, the family and science. The essays are well supported by supplementary material including a chronology of the period and detailed guides to further reading. Altogether the volume provides an invaluable resource for scholars and students.


Author Notes

Robert L. Belknap has been teaching Russian literature at Columbia University since the 1950s
Boris Christa was for twenty-five years Professor and Head of the Department of Russian at the University of Queensland
Susanne Fusso is Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Malcolm V. Jones is Emeritus Professor of Russian at the University of Nottingham
William Leatherbarrow is Professor of Russian at the University of Sheffield
Gary Saul Morson is Frances Hooper Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern University
Derek Offord is Professor of Russian Intellectual History and Head of the Department of Russian Studies at the University of Bristol
Diane Oenning Thompson is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge
William Mills Todd, III is Professor of Russian at Harvard University
Faith Wigzell is Reader in Russian at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College, London


Reviews 1

Choice Review

Though it is a handsome addition to the Cambridge series and includes entries from the world's foremost Dostoyevsky scholars, this volume delivers rather less than expected. Starting from the assumption that Dostoyevsky has been well covered by his critics, Leatherbarrow (Univ. of Sheffield) says this volume "seeks to occupy a different niche ... by adopting an approach designed to persuade the student to think about Dostoevskii and his art in a way different from that encouraged by the implicit assumptions of the 'life and works' approach." The results are mixed. Beginning readers will struggle with the book's organization, which eschews chronology for "issues," and with the seeming disconnectedness of the essays, which include such topics as "Dostoevskii and Money" and "Dostoevskii and the Family." Leatherbarrow offers a too-brief introduction that spends too much time justifying his approach and a bare-bones chronology of Dostoyevsky's life and times. Still, the volume does have some insightful essays, especially Malcolm Jones's "Dostoevskii and Religion." Although less thorough than The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy, ed. by Donna Tussing Orwin (2002), this book will nevertheless benefit many. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All academic collections. D. Pesta Oklahoma State University


Table of Contents

W. J. LeatherbarrowFaith WigzellW. J. LeatherbarrowWilliam Mills Todd, IIIBoris ChristaDerek OffordRobert L. BelknapMalocolm V. JonesSusanne FussoDiane Oenning ThompsonGary Saul Morson
Notes on contributorsp. ix
Editor's notep. xi
Chronologyp. xii
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Dostoevskii and the Russian folk heritagep. 21
3. Dostoevskii and literature: works of the 1840sp. 47
4. Dostoevskii as a professional writerp. 66
5. Dostoevskii and moneyp. 93
6. Dostoevskii and the intelligentsiap. 111
7. Dostoevskii and psychologyp. 131
8. Dostoevskii and religionp. 148
9. Dostoevskii and the familyp. 175
10. Dostoevskii and sciencep. 191
11. Conclusion: reading Dostoevskiip. 212
Guide to further readingp. 235
Indexp. 239