A Devils Vaudeville: The Demonic in Dostoevskys Major Fiction William J. Leatherbarrow

ISBN: 9780810120495

Published: May 24th 2005

Hardcover

232 pages


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A Devils Vaudeville: The Demonic in Dostoevskys Major Fiction  by  William J. Leatherbarrow

A Devils Vaudeville: The Demonic in Dostoevskys Major Fiction by William J. Leatherbarrow
May 24th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 232 pages | ISBN: 9780810120495 | 10.16 Mb

Real demons do rear their heads in Dostoevskys writing- but what of the demonic more broadly interpreted such as the unclean forces--so diffuse, ugly, and ubiquitous--found throughout Russian folklore, in Christian demonology, and in theMoreReal demons do rear their heads in Dostoevskys writing- but what of the demonic more broadly interpreted such as the unclean forces--so diffuse, ugly, and ubiquitous--found throughout Russian folklore, in Christian demonology, and in the demon-figure of European Romanticism?

These are the demonic markers that William J. Leatherbarrow traces through Dostoevskys fiction, with a view to discovering the cultural genealogy, nature, and significance of these inscriptions. Whether found in the voices of particular characters or those of the narrator and implied author, these demonic markers contaminate much of the narrative terrain of Dostoevskys major fiction. They also, as Dostoevsky scholar Leatherbarrow clearly demonstrates, function as a coherent semiotic system and serve as a rhetoric through which that fiction mediates its most pressing ideological and artistic concerns.In fresh, often surprising readings of Dostoevskys individual works, Leatherbarrow shows how such a language articulates a series of concerns linked to views expressed elsewhere--in Dostoevskys journalism and letters--on the question of Russias relationship to Western Europe.

His study also explores the narrative and generic implications of the way Dostoevsky inscribes the demonic in his fictional works--implications that point to a new understanding of familiar concepts in the work of this Russian master. Highly original, deftly argued and written, Leatherbarrows work offers Dostoevsky specialists and general readers alike an opportunity to rediscover and reassess the rich complexities of some of the worlds greatest literature.



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