Dostoevsky Beyond Dostoevsky: Science, Religion, Philosophy

Dostoevsky Beyond Dostoevsky: Science, Religion, Philosophy


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Dostoevsky Beyond Dostoevsky is a collection of essays with a broad interdisciplinary focus. It includes contributions by leading Dostoevsky scholars, social scientists, scholars of religion and philosophy. The volume considers aesthetics, philosophy, theology, and science of the 19th century Russia and the West that might have informed Dostoevsky’s thought and art. Issues such as evolutionary theory and literature, science and society, scientific and theological components of comparative intellectual history, and aesthetic debates of the nineteenth century Russia form the core of the intellectual framework of this book. Dostoevsky’s oeuvre with its wide-ranging interests and engagement with philosophical, religious, political, economic, and scientific discourses of his time emerges as a particularly important case for the study of cross-fertilization among disciplines. The individual chapters explore Dostoevsky’s real or imaginative dialogues with aesthetic, philosophic, and scientific thought of his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors, revealing Dostoevsky’s forward looking thought, as it finds its echoes in modern literary theory, philosophy, theology and science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644690284
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication date: 02/08/2019
Series: Ars Rossica
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, Svetlana Evdokimova holds PhD from Yale University in Slavic Languages and Literatures and is currently professor of Slavic Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown University. Her main areas of scholarly interest include, Pushkin, Russian and European Romanticism, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, relations between fiction and history, and gender and sexuality in Russian and European literatures. She is the author of Pushkin’s Historical Imagination (Yale University Press), Alexander Pushkin’s Little Tragedies: The Poetics of Brevity, ed. (Wisconsin University Press), and of the wide range of articles on Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov. She is currently writing a book on Chekhov’s relationship with the Russian intelligentsia and its impact on the formation of his literary self.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Fiction beyond Fiction: Dostoevsky’s Quest for Realism

Vladimir Golstein and Svetlana Evdokimova

I. Encounters with Science

1. Darwin, Dostoevsky, and Russia’s Radical Youth

David Bethea and Victoria Thorstensson

2. Darwin’s Plots, Malthus’s Mighty Feast, Lamennais’s Motherless Fledglings, and Dostoevsky’s Lost Sheep

Liza Knapp

3. “Viper will eat viper”: Dostoevsky, Darwin, and the Possibility of Brotherhood

Anna A. Berman

4. Encounters with the Prophet: Ivan Pavlov, Serafima Karchevskaia, and “Our Dostoevsky”

Daniel P. Todes

II. Engagements with Philosophy

5. Dostoevsky and the Meaning of “the Meaning of Life”

Steven Cassedy

6. Dostoevsky and Nietzsche: The Hazards of Writing Oneself into (or out of) Belief

David S. Cunningham

7. Dostoevsky as Moral Philosopher

Charles Larmore

8. “If there’s no immortality of the soul . . . everything is lawful”: On the Philosophical Basis of Ivan Karamazov’s Idea

Sergei A. Kibalnik

III. Questions of Aesthetics

9. Once Again about Dostoevsky’s Response to Hans Holbein the Younger’s Dead Body of Christ in the Tomb

Robert L. Jackson

10. Prelude to a Collaboration: Dostoevsky’s Aesthetic Polemic with Mikhail Katkov

Susanne Fusso

11. Dostoevsky’s Postmodernists and the Poetics of Incarnation

Svetlana Evdokimova

IV. The Self and the Other

12. What Is It Like to Be Bats? Paradoxes of The Double

Gary Saul Morson

13. Interiority and Intersubjectivity in Dostoevsky: The Vasya Shumkov Paradigm

Yuri Corrigan

14. Dostoevsky’s Angel—Still an Idiot, Still beyond the Story: The Case of Kalganov

Michal Oklot

15. The Detective as Midwife in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Vladimir Golstein

16. Metaphors for Solitary Confinement in Notes from Underground and Notes from the House of the Dead

Carol Apollonio

17. Moral Emotions in Dostoevsky’s “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”

Deborah A. Martinsen

18. Like a Shepherd to His Flock: The Messianic Pedagogy of Fyodor Dostoevsky—Its Sources and Conceptual Echoes

Inessa Medzhibovskaya

V. Intercultural Connections

19. Achilles in Crime and Punishment

Donna Orwin

20. Raskolnikov and the Aqedah (Isaac’s Binding)

Olga Meerson

21. Prince Myshkin’s Night Journey: Chronotope as a Symptom

Marina Kostalevsky

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