Dostoevsky's Greatest Characters: A New Approach to "Notes from the Underground," Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamozov

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jan 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 237 pages
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Addressed to all readers of Dostoevsky, as well as to teachers, students, and specialists, this lucidly-written study approaches the underground man, Raskolnikov, and Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov as imagined human beings whose feelings, behaviors, and ideas are expressions of their personalities and experience.  While asserting the autonomy of Dostoevsky’s characters, Paris shows that there is a tension between them and the author’s rhetoric and demonstrates that the characters often escape their illustrative roles.  By paying close attention to mimetic detail, this book seeks to recover Dostoevsky’s psychological intuitions and fully to appreciate his brilliance in characterization.

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User Review  - Timothy - Goodreads

Currently reading Brothers for my "group" read .. Read full review

Review: Dostoevsky's Greatest Characters: A New Approach to "Notes from the Underground," Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamozov

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good book for the novice. when tackling FD don't feel that you are stupid by studying a litle bit abouyt what he is trying to do in his big later novels. They can read like terrific crime drama, but there are threads and developments, smbylyzms that would be missed if not first pinted out. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Bernard J. Paris is Emeritus Professor of English, University of Florida and former Director of the Institute for Psychological Study of the Arts. His previous monographs include Experiments in Life: George Eliot’s Quest for Values, Conrad's Charlie Marlow, and Karen Horney: A Psychoanalyst’s Search for Self-Understanding (a New York Times Notable Book for 1994), among others.

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