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The Intimate Stranger: Meetings with the Devil in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature

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ISBN-10: 0820455164
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The Author: Julian W. Connolly is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Ivan Bunin and Nabokov’s Early Fiction: Patterns of Self and Other. He edited two volumes of literary criticism, Nabokov and His Fiction: New Perspectives and Invitation to a Beheading: A Critical Companion, and he served as co-editor of Studies in Russian Literature in Honor of Vsevolod Setchkarev. He has published numerous articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature.
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Product Details

  • Series: Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature (Book 26)
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc. (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820455164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820455167
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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This is an essential text for anyone who enjoys Russian fiction but does not have a good knowledge of the cultural differences that inform the literature. This book also shows how the notion of evil evolved within authors and across authors.
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Not to generalize, but in terms of writing about the Christian Devil, few authors compare to the great Russian novelists of the nineteenth century. The use of the devil in these text was not just the implementation of a character but rather a use of the concept of the devil as a symbolic device, a means for psychological exploration, an evaluation of social factors, and many other usages. Russian literature, especially the work of Dostoevsky, is filled with demonic poetics. This volume is a masterful survey of the implementation of not just the Devil as a figure in literature but demonic poetics as a whole. I honestly consider this a indispensable text concerning the demonic and literature, not just on the subject's merit as applied to Russian literature. One could easily use this to explore other writers who deal with demonic poetics, like Baudelaire, Huysmans, many of the symbolist poets, and perhaps even look back to precursors like Marlowe, Milton, and even Dante. It is also a very useful reference point for exploring later explorations of Russian demonic poetics, specifically in the work of Bulgakov. In summary, this work has a great, two-fold value: it is a very sophisticated approach to a particular subject within a certain cultural context but can also be used as a guide for analyses of the demonic in Western literature in general.
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