Dostoevsky Beyond Dostoevsky

Science, Religion, Philosophy

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Svetlana Evdokimova, Vladimir Golstein
Ars Rossica
  • Brighton, MA: 
    Academic Studies Press
    , September
     424 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Svetlana Corwin forthcoming.


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.

Contributors: Carol Apollonio, Anna A. Berman, David Bethea, Steven Cassedy, Yuri Corrigan, David S. Cunningham, Svetlana Evdokimova, Susanne Fusso, Vladimir Golstein, Robert L. Jackson, Sergei A. Kibalnik, Liza Knapp, Marina Kostalevsky, Charles Larmore, Deborah A. Martinsen, Inessa Medzhibovskaya, Olga Meerson, Gary Saul Morson, Michal Oklot, Donna Orwin, Victoria Thorstensson, Daniel P. Todes

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Vladimir Golstein is associate professor of Slavic Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Lermontov's Narratives of Heroism (1999), Svetlana Aleksievich –The Voice of Soviet Intelligentsia (2015) and numerous articles on major Russian authors. His essays on current political affairs have been published by ForbesThe Nation, Al JazeeraRTAntiwarAlternet, and Russia Insider; he is also a frequent participant in various political TV shows discussing US and Russia’s foreign politics and culture for CCTV’s The Heat, PressTV, RT’s Crosstalk, Al Jazeera, and Channel 4 in Great Britain.

Svetlana Evdokimova is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature 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.


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