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Between Religion and Rationality Between Religion and Rationality: Essays in Russian Literature and Culture Essays in Russian Literature and Culture

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In this book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores some of the most important aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian culture, literature, and history. Delving into the distinctions of the Russian novel as well as the conflicts between the religious peasant world and the educated Russian elite, Between Religion and Rationality displays the cogent reflections of one of the most distinguished and versatile critics in the field.

Frank's essays provide a discriminating look at four of Dostoevsky's most famous novels, discuss the debate between J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa on the issue of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. The collection also examines such topics as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the history of Russian culture, the life of Pushkin, and Oblomov's influence on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent religious theme that runs throughout Russian culture, even in the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no other major European literature was as much preoccupied as the Russian with the tensions between religion and rationality. Between Religion and Rationality highlights this unique quality of Russian literature and culture, offering insights for general readers and experts alike.

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"This is a wonderful and illuminating collection written for general readers. Yet any Russian specialist can also benefit from Frank's interpretations, which bear the stamp of his powerful and distinctive mind. This thought-provoking book is difficult to put down and the coda on Nabokov's lectures is a delight."--Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University

Synopsis:

In this book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores some of the most important aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian culture, literature, and history. Delving into the distinctions of the Russian novel as well as the conflicts between the religious peasant world and the educated Russian elite, Between Religion and Rationality displays the cogent reflections of one of the most distinguished and versatile critics in the field.

Frank's essays provide a discriminating look at four of Dostoevsky's most famous novels, discuss the debate between J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa on the issue of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. The collection also examines such topics as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the history of Russian culture, the life of Pushkin, and Oblomov's influence on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent religious theme that runs throughout Russian culture, even in the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no other major European literature was as much preoccupied as the Russian with the tensions between religion and rationality. Between Religion and Rationality highlights this unique quality of Russian literature and culture, offering insights for general readers and experts alike.

About the Author

Joseph Frank is professor emeritus of Slavic and comparative literature at Stanford and Princeton. The five volumes of his Dostoevsky biography, published between 1976 and 2002, won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a "Los Angeles Times" book prize, two James Russell Lowell Prizes, two Christian Gauss Awards, and other honors. In 2008, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies awarded Frank its highest honor.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I. C lassics

Chapter One: Poor Folk and House of the Dead 9

Chapter Two: The Idiot 29

Chapter Three: Demons 46

Chapter Four: War and Peace 64

Part II. The Russian Tradition

Chapter Five: Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia 87

Chapter Six: A Life of Pushkin 107

Chapter Seven: Oblomov and Goncharov 118

Chapter Eight: Lydia Ginzburg, On Psychological Prose 129

Chapter Nine: Richard Pipes, Russian Conservatism and Its Critics 143

Part III. The Dostoevskian Orbit

Chapter Ten: Dostoevsky and Anti-Semitism 159

Chapter Eleven: In Search of Dostoevsky 173

Chapter Twelve: Arkady Kovner 185

Chapter Thirteen: J. M. Coetzee, The Master of Petersburg 196

Chapter Fourteen: Dostoevsky and Evil 204

Part IV. Twentieth-Century Issues

Chapter Fifteen: Anton Chekhov 219

Chapter Sixteen: The Triumph of Abram Tertz 230

Chapter Seventeen: D. S. Mirsky 249

Chapter Eighteen: Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on Literature 261

Index 287

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691145662
Author:
Frank, Joseph
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Frank, Joseph
Subject:
Philosophy in literature
Subject:
Russian literature -- 19th century.
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "This is a wonderful and illuminating collection written for general readers. Yet any Russian specialist can also benefit from Frank's interpretations, which bear the stamp of his powerful and distinctive mind. This thought-provoking book is difficult to put down and the coda on Nabokov's lectures is a delight."--Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University
"Synopsis" by , In this book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores some of the most important aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian culture, literature, and history. Delving into the distinctions of the Russian novel as well as the conflicts between the religious peasant world and the educated Russian elite, Between Religion and Rationality displays the cogent reflections of one of the most distinguished and versatile critics in the field.

Frank's essays provide a discriminating look at four of Dostoevsky's most famous novels, discuss the debate between J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa on the issue of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. The collection also examines such topics as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the history of Russian culture, the life of Pushkin, and Oblomov's influence on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent religious theme that runs throughout Russian culture, even in the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no other major European literature was as much preoccupied as the Russian with the tensions between religion and rationality. Between Religion and Rationality highlights this unique quality of Russian literature and culture, offering insights for general readers and experts alike.

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