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Between religion and rationality : essays in Russian literature and culture /
Joseph Frank.
imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
description
vi, 299 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0691145660 (pbk. : allk. paper), 9780691145662 (pbk. : allk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2010.
isbn
0691145660 (pbk. : allk. paper)
9780691145662 (pbk. : allk. paper)
contents note
Pt. I. Classics. Poor folk and House of the dead -- The idiot -- Demons -- War and peace -- Pt. II. The Russian tradition -- Natasha's dance: a cultural history of Russia -- A life of Pushkin -- Oblomov and Goncharov -- Lydia Ginzburg, On psychological prose -- Richard Pipes, Russian conservatism and its critics -- Pt. III. The Dostoevskian orbit -- Dostoevsky and anti-semitism -- In search of Dostoevsky -- Arkady Kovner -- J. M. Coetzee, The master of Petersburg -- Dostoevsky and evil -- Pt. IV. Twentieth-century issues -- Anton Chekhov -- The triumph of Abram Tertz -- D. S. Mirsky -- Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on literature.
general note
Includes bibliographical refrences and index.
catalogue key
7253496
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joseph Frank is professor emeritus of Slavic and comparative literature at Stanford and Princeton. The five volumes of his Dostoevsky biography, published between 1976 and 2002, won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Times book prize, two James Russell Lowell Prizes, two Christian Gauss Awards, and other honors. In 2008, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies awarded Frank its highest honor.
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"This is a wonderful and illuminating collection written for general readers. Yet any Russian specialist can also benefit from Frank's interpretations, which bear the stamp of his powerful and distinctive mind. This thought-provoking book is difficult to put down and the coda on Nabokov's lectures is a delight."--Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University
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"This is a wonderful and illuminating collection written for general readers. Yet any Russian specialist can also benefit from Frank's interpretations, which bear the stamp of his powerful and distinctive mind. This thought-provoking book is difficult to put down and the coda on Nabokov's lectures is a delight."-- Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2011-02-01:
Including 18 of Frank's previously published book introductions and book reviews, this collection is a tad uneven. Given the fact that Frank (emer., Stanford and Princeton) is a preeminent Dostoevsky scholar, the reader will not be surprised that the most of the work included engages the life and work of that writer, whether directly or indirectly (in the latter case, Dostoevsky's work as the material for J. M. Coetzee's The Master of Petersburg and Leonid Tsypkin's Summer in Baden-Baden). In fact, one could say that Dostoevsky's spirit hovers above this book, which is animated by the Dostoyevskian ethical agenda that chapter 14, "Dostoevsky and Evil," formulates most cogently. Frank's erudition and thorough knowledge of Russian cultural history illuminate for the reader not only well-known figures of the stature of Pushkin and Chekhov, but also some less-known men and women of letters like Arkady Kovner, a Jew who dared to confront Dostoevsky about his anti-Semitism (to which issue a separate, previously unpublished lecture is devoted). Among this reviewer's favorites are the last three chapters on Russian literary mavericks (and emigres)--Andrei Sinyavsky, Dmitry Svyatopolk-Mirsky, and Vladimir Nabokov. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. P. Steiner University of Pennsylvania
Reviews
Review Quotes
This reconsideration of Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism illustrates Frank's chief qualities: profoundly knowledgeable, humanistic in his concerns, sympathetic to all sides, and, after all these decades of engagement, able to stand back and reflect about the large picture. If much of what he explores in these pages will be familiar to Slavists, his thoughtful commentary and sharp insights impart genuine pleasure and make this a book to enjoy. -- Barry P Scherr, Slavic and East European Journal
While the work will undoubtedly appeal to general readers, specialists will also find it valuable, particularly in the context of their teaching. Frank is able to masterfully distill large and complex themes into a few central points in a few pages, making his short essays a crucial resource for teachers short on time to prepare classes.
"While the work will undoubtedly appeal to general readers, specialists will also find it valuable, particularly in the context of their teaching. Frank is able to masterfully distill large and complex themes into a few central points in a few pages, making his short essays a crucial resource for teachers short on time to prepare classes."-- Kate Holland, Russian Review
While the work will undoubtedly appeal to general readers, specialists will also find it valuable, particularly in the context of their teaching. Frank is able to masterfully distill large and complex themes into a few central points in a few pages, making his short essays a crucial resource for teachers short on time to prepare classes. -- Kate Holland, Russian Review
This is a wonderful and illuminating collection written for general readers. Yet any Russian specialist can also benefit from Frank's interpretations, which bear the stamp of his powerful and distinctive mind. This thought-provoking book is difficult to put down and the coda on Nabokov's lectures is a delight.
This reconsideration of Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism illustrates Frank's chief qualities: profoundly knowledgeable, humanistic in his concerns, sympathetic to all sides, and, after all these decades of engagement, able to stand back and reflect about the large picture. If much of what he explores in these pages will be familiar to Slavists, his thoughtful commentary and sharp insights impart genuine pleasure and make this a book to enjoy.
"This reconsideration of Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism illustrates Frank's chief qualities: profoundly knowledgeable, humanistic in his concerns, sympathetic to all sides, and, after all these decades of engagement, able to stand back and reflect about the large picture. If much of what he explores in these pages will be familiar to Slavists, his thoughtful commentary and sharp insights impart genuine pleasure and make this a book to enjoy."-- Barry P Scherr, Slavic and East European Journal
An unsurpassed master of making history familiar and close by vividly and scrupulously representing people swept up by the ideas of their age, Frank's new book is yet another testament to his standing reputation as one of the very best literary biographers of our time and one of the finest biographers of all times.
"An unsurpassed master of making history familiar and close by vividly and scrupulously representing people swept up by the ideas of their age, Frank's new book is yet another testament to his standing reputation as one of the very best literary biographers of our time and one of the finest biographers of all times."-- Clio
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Summaries
Main Description
In this book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores some of the most important aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian culture, literature, and history. Delving into the distinctions of the Russian novel as well as the conflicts between the religious peasant world and the educated Russian elite,Between Religion and Rationalitydisplays the cogent reflections of one of the most distinguished and versatile critics in the field.Frank's essays provide a discriminating look at four of Dostoevsky's most famous novels, discuss the debate between J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa on the issue of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. The collection also examines such topics as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the history of Russian culture, the life of Pushkin, andOblomov'sinfluence on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent religious theme that runs throughout Russian culture, even in the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no other major European literature was as much preoccupied as the Russian with the tensions between religion and rationality.Between Religion and Rationalityhighlights this unique quality of Russian literature and culture, offering insights for general readers and experts alike.
Main Description
In this book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores some of the most important aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian culture, literature, and history. Delving into the distinctions of the Russian novel as well as the conflicts between the religious peasant world and the educated Russian elite, Between Religion and Rationality displays the cogent reflections of one of the most distinguished and versatile critics in the field. Frank's essays provide a discriminating look at four of Dostoevsky's most famous novels, discuss the debate between J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa on the issue of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. The collection also examines such topics as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the history of Russian culture, the life of Pushkin, and Oblomov's influence on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent religious theme that runs throughout Russian culture, even in the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no other major European literature was as much preoccupied as the Russian with the tensions between religion and rationality. Between Religion and Rationality highlights this unique quality of Russian literature and culture, offering insights for general readers and experts alike.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Classics
Pour Folk and House of the Deadp. 9
The Idiotp. 29
Demonsp. 46
War and Peacep. 64
The Russian Tradition
Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russiap. 87
A Life of Pushkinp. 107
Oblomov and Goncharovp. 118
On Psychological Prosep. 129
Russian Conservatism and Its Criticsp. 143
The Dostoevskian Orbit
Dostoevsky and Anti-Semitismp. 159
In Search of Dostoevskyp. 173
Arkady Kovnerp. 185
The Master of Petersburgp. 196
Dostoevsky and Evilp. 204
Twentieth-Century Issues
Anton Chekhovp. 219
The Triumph of Abram Tertzp. 230
D. S. Mirskyp. 249
Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on Literaturep. 261
Indexp. 287
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