Limits to Interpretation: The Meanings of Anna Karenina
Vladimir E. Alexandrov advocates a broad revision of the academic study of literature and proposes an adaptive, text-specific reading methodology that is designed to minimize the circularity of interpretation inherent in the act of reading. He illustrates this method on the example of Tolstoy’s classic novel via a detailed "map" of the different possible readings that the novel can support. Anna Karenina emerges as deeply conflicted, polyvalent, and quite unlike what one finds in other critical studies.
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Part One The Plurality and Limits of Interpretation
A Psychological Argument for Recognizing Textual Alterity
Hermeneutic Indices or Guides to Textual Alterity
A Map of Readings
Reading Readings and Art about Art
Art and Metaphysics
The Problem of Language
Characters as Arbiters of Meaning and Value
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