Profane Challenge and Orthodox Response in Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment"

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Rodopi, Jan 1, 2008 - History - 285 pages
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Profane Challenge and Orthodox Response in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment presents for the first time an examination of this great novel as a work aimed at winning back “target readers”, young contemporary radicals, from Utilitarianism, nihilism, and Utopian Socialism. Dostoevsky framed the battle in the context of the Orthodox Church and oral tradition versus the West. He relied on knowledge of the Gospels as textreceived orally, forcing readers to react emotionally, not rationally, and thus undermining the very basis of his opponents' arguments. Dostoevsky saves Raskol'nikov, underscoring the inadequacy of rational thought and reminding his readers of a heritage discarded at their peril. This volume should be of special interest to secondary and university students, as well as to readers interested in literature, particularly, in Russian literature, and Dostoevsky.
 

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Contents

Dostoevsky CounterAttacks
29
Chapter Two The Religious Symbolism of Cloth and Clothing in Crime and Punishment
67
Russias Western Capital
93
Chapter Four The Parable of the Prodigal Son in Crime and Punishment
143
Russian Culture and Western Change
181
Chapter Six The Epilogue Reconsidered
209
Conclusion
231
Bibliography
239
Index
273
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Janet Tucker is Professor of Russian Language and Literature at the University of Arkansas. She is the author of Innokentij Annenskij and the Acmeist Doctrine and Revolution Betrayed: Jurij Olesa's Envy. She is also the editor of Against the Grain: Parody, Satire and Intertextuality in Russian Literature. In addition, she has contributed chapters in books, with pieces on Nikolai Gogol, Jurij Olesa and Isaak Babel. Her articles include a study of Aleksandr Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, an essay on Varlam Shalamov, and a recent article plus a book chapter on Nikolai Gogol.

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