Essays On Gogol

Author: Susanne Fusso
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810111912
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These fourteen essays reflect the increasingly interdisciplinary character of Russian literature research in general and of the study of Gogol in particular, focusing on specific works, Gogol's own character, and the various approaches to aesthetic, religious, and philosophical issues raised by his writing.

Gogol From The Twentieth Century

Author: Robert A. Maguire
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691013268
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The description for this book, Gogol From the Twentieth Century: Eleven Essays, will be forthcoming.

Dead Souls

Author: Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
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This Norton Critical Edition reprints the text of the acclaimed GeorgeReavey translation, which has been fully annotated for undergraduatereaders. "Backgrounds" contains not only Gogol's correspondence relevant to thenovel but also the four formal letters that set forth his views on thework. The editor has also included a useful chronology of Gogol's life and aninvaluable table of ranks in czarist Russia. A wide range of criticism includes Robert Maguire's general overview ofGogol's criticism; two nineteenth-century Russian appraisals; DonaldFanger's brilliant essay; and a broad spectrum of twentieth-centuryRussian critical opinion. It features, as well, essays by Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson. The Russian essays have been translated specially for this NortonCritical Edition. A Selected Bibliography directs readers to resources for further study.

By Authors Possessed

Author: Adam Weiner
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
ISBN: 9780810116146
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By Authors Possessed examines the development of the demonic in key Russian novels from the last two centuries. Defining the demonic novel as one that takes as its theme an evil presence incarnated in the protagonists and attributed to the Judeo-Christian Devil, Adam Weiner investigates the way the content of such a book can compromise the moral integrity of its narration and its sense of authorship. Weiner contends that the theme of demonism increasingly infects the narrative point of view from Gogol's Dead Souls to Dostoevsky's The Devils and Bely's Petersburg, until Nabokov exorcised the demonic novel through his fiction and his criticism. Starting from the premise that artistic creation has always been enshrouded in a haze of moral dilemma and religious doubt, Weiner's study of the demonic novel is an attempt to illuminate the potential ethical perils and aesthetic gains of great art.

Nikolai Gogol

Author: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811201209
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Nikolai Gogol was the most idiosyncratic of the great Russian novelists of the 19th century and lived a tragically short life which was as chaotic as the lives of the characters he created.

The Ridiculous Jew

Author: Gary Rosenshield
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804769853
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This book is a study devoted to exploring the use of a Russian version of the Jewish stereotype (the ridiculous Jew) in the works of three of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century. Rosenshield does not attempt to expose the stereotype—which was self-consciously and unashamedly employed. Rather, he examines how stereotypes are used to further the very different artistic, cultural, and ideological agendas of each writer. What distinguishes this book from others is that it explores the problems that arise when an ethnic stereotype is so fully incorporated into a work of art that it takes on a life of its own, often undermining the intentions of its author as well as many of the defining elements of the stereotype itself. With each these writers, the Jewish stereotype precipitates a literary transformation, taking their work into an uncomfortable space for the author and a challenging one for readers.