Reading Dostoevsky

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 171 pages
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Admirers have praised Fedor Dostoevsky as the Russian Shakespeare, while his critics have slighted his novels as merely cheap amusements. In this critical introduction to Dostoevsky's fiction, Victor Terras asks readers to draw their own conclusions about the 19th-century Russian writer. Discussing psychological, political, mythical and philosophical approaches, Terras deftly guides readers through the range of diverse and even contradictory interpretations of Dostoevsky's rich novels.
  

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Contents

The Early Dostoevsky
14
Fact Fiction and Psychology in Dostoevskys Art
32
The Art of Crime and Punishment
51
The Hierarchy of Meanings in The Idiot
73
OntheStyleofARawibufj
101
How Much Does Dostoevsky Lose in English Translation?
149
Bibliography
163
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Victor Terras is the Henry L. Goddard University Professor of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature emeritus at Brown University. His many books include "Reading Dostoevsky," also published by the University of Wisconsin Press; "The Idiot: An Interpretation"; and "A History of Russian Literature," as well as translations of Dostoevsky7;s works.

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