Remembering the End: Dostoevsky as Prophet to Modernity

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Westview Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
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The Dostoevsky scholar Robert Louis Jackson said, Dostoevsky's becoming is, of course, our own becoming; to know Dostoevsky has been to know our century and ourselves. This volume pursues this statement while elucidating the spiritual realism of Dostoevsky's biblically charged literary art. Dostoevsky was one of those writers of the 19th century who came to be regarded by many readers in the following century as a prophet. How does he remain prophetic for us now, in the early 21st century? This text explores and assesses Dostoevsky's critique of modernity, with particular focus on the Grand Inquisitor (in The Brothers Karamazov), where his prophetic vision finds its most intense expression. The authors write to elucidate the spiritual realism of Dostoevsky's biblically charged literary art, and to show how it can help us to remember who we are in this modern/postmodern moment in which individuals and members of communities are required to make critical choices about the meaning of justice, history, truth and happiness.

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P. Travis Kroeker is associate professor of religious studies at McMaster University in Ontario. He is the author of Christian Ethics and Political Economy in North America. His articles have appeared in, among others, The Journal of Religion, The Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, and Studies in Religion. Bruce K. Ward is professor of religious studies at Thorneloe College, Laurentian University in Ontario. He is also the author of Dostoevsky's Critique of the West: The Quest for the Earthly Paradise.

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