Dostoevsky's The Idiot: A Critical Companion

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Liza Knapp
Northwestern University Press, 1998 - 274 Seiten
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This book is designed to guide readers through Dostoevsky's The Idiot, first published in 1869 and generally considered to be his most mysterious and confusing work. The volume begins with an introductory section comprising two essays: the first looks at where, when, and how The Idiot was written; the second introduces the major characters. The essays in the second section guide the reader through the plans and notebooks out of which the novel evolved; use contemporary feminist criticism to shed light on how this novel explores alternatives to traditional roles; examine the ways in which the novel reflects Dostoevsky's concern with apocalypse, modernity, and time; and address the ways in which the novel's hero, Prince Myshkin, can be compared to Christ. The final section offers an exceptionally rich collection of primary sources, including letters by Dostoevsky concerning The Idiot, and an annotated bibliography.
 

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CRITICISM
47
The Notebooks for The Idiot
53
Flights from The Idiots Womanhood
105
Historicism Arrives at the Station
130
Myshkin Through a Murky Glass Guessingly
191
PRIMARY SOURCES
219
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
263
Contributors
275
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Liza Knapp is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of The Annihilation of Inertia: Dostoevsky and Metaphysics, also published by Northwestern University Press.

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