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The Political and Social Thought of F.M. Dostoevsky

1st Edition

By Stephen Kirby Carter


310 pages

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This study concentrates on The Devils, but also places this novel in the total context of Dostoevsky’s work. Also considered is the life and work of T.N. Granovsky, who is satirised along with Turgenev in the novel, and thus offers a useful basis on which to delineate the contours of Dostoevsky’s thought. First published in 1991, the book begins from the belief that his "genius embodies much of what is typical of Russian life: his boundless vitality, his extremism, his lack of empiricism and economy. To understand Dostoevsky is therefore somehow to understand Russia."

The author concludes that Dostoevsky badly misunderstood Western liberalism, but grappled very well with the psychology of the radical terrorist. This is explained with reference to his intellectual revolution, which is seen as consisting of six stages from his early works of the 1840s.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Dostoevsky 1821-49: Early Years, Early Works 2. Dostoevsky’s Political Baptism: The Road to the Petrashevsky Circle – and Beyond 3. The Years in the Wilderness, 1849-59 4. 1860-63: From ‘Reconciliation’ to Anti-Nihilism 5. 1864-66: ‘Underground Man’ in Adversity 6. 1867-69: The Quarrel with Turgenev and The Moral Regeneration of Russia 7. 1898-72: ‘The Devils’: An Overview 8. ‘The Devils’: Granovsky, Turgenev, Nechaev 9. 1873-81: From ‘Grazhdanin’ to Geok-Tepe 10. Conclusion. Appendix I: Sergei Gennadevich Nechaev. Appendix II: Timofei Nikolaevich Granovsky

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Routledge Library Editions: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Routledge Library Editions: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky presents a rich selection of renowned and lesser-known treatments of the Russian masters – considered by some the greatest novelists of all time – from the 1920s to the ‘90s.

The set includes works of accessible biography, lucid literary criticism and insightful scholarship, ranging over a wide range of themes: Tolstoy’s aesthetic philosophy, Dostoevsky’s curiously under-studied social and political views, Feminism, Nietzsche, and much else.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Russian & Former Soviet Union
LITERARY CRITICISM / Russian & Former Soviet Union
PHILOSOPHY / Aesthetics
PHILOSOPHY / Political