Dostoyevsky after Bakhtin: Readings in Dostoyevsky's Fantastic Realism

Dostoyevsky after Bakhtin: Readings in Dostoyevsky's Fantastic Realism

Malcolm V. Jones

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0521021367

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Recent developments in critical theory form the basis for this new study of Dostoyevsky which evaluates the radical contributions to Dostoyevsky criticism made by the critic and literary theorist M.M. Bakhtin. Malcolm Jones first redefines Dostoyevsky's much-debated "fantastic realism"; accepting Bakhtin's reading of Dostoyevsky in its essentials, he seeks out its weaknesses and develops it in new directions. Taking well-known texts by Dostoyevsky in turn, Jones illustrates aspects of their multivoicedness: the emotional and intellectual turmoil suffered by individual characters in the novels; the frequent surprises that undermine the confidence of readers (and other characters) who suppose they have fully understood a character; and finally some of the ways in which Dostoyevsky's texts make use of both factual documentation and Romantic traditions of unreality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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