A Karenina Companion

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, Dec 3, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages

Although Anna Karenina has been described as “the European novel” by Frank Leavis, the geographical setting of the novel and, increasingly, its temporal and cultural setting, render it a foreign novel to most readers. A Karenina Companion offers a wealth of information, including a great deal that has previously not been available in English, for the scholarly and literary appreciation of this great novel.

Chapter 1 is a biographical introduction and Chapter 2 an examination of the way in which the novel was composed. In Chapter 3 the author brings together Tolstoi’s own substantial comments on his work. Chapter 4 adduces the main differences between the latest edition of the text and what has been the standard edition for over 50 years. Chapter 5 outlines what Tolstoi was reading as he was writing the novel. The final chapter provides a survey of significant secondary literature, with English-language works listed in appendices.

A Karenina Companion will facilitate both the reading and understanding of the novel by English speakers and the writing of informed and reliable critical appreciations.


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CHAPTER 1 Tolstois Life between the Completion of War and Peace and the Completion of Anna Karenina
CHAPTER 2 The Drafts for Anna Karenina
CHAPTER 3 Tolstoi about Anna Karenina
CHAPTER 4 A Recent Edition of Anna Karenina and its New Readings
CHAPTER 5 Tolstois Reading 186977
CHAPTER 6 Notes to the English Text of Anna Karenina
CHAPTER 7 A Survey of Criticism and Scholarship
APPENDIX 1 EnglishLanguage Works Cited in Chapter 7
APPENDIX 2 EnglishLanguage Bibliography since 1979

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About the author (1993)

C.J.G. Turner teaches Russian at the University of British Columbia. He has also written a critical study of Lermontov’s novel A Hero of Our Time.

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