Tolstoi and the Evolution of His Artistic World

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Joe Andrew and Robert Reid assemble thirteen analytical discussions of Tolstoi’s key works, written by leading scholars from around the world. The works studied cover almost the entire length of Tolstoi’s creative career, from some of his earliest stories of the 1850s (The Sevastopol Stories), to those of his last period, including posthumous publications (The Kreutzer Sonata and Father Sergius). Particular attention is paid to his two masterpieces, War and Peace and Anna Karenina. All the studies are based on the most recent developments in cultural theory. The reader of this work will gain new and unique insights into this unparalleled genius of world literature, especially into the methods used to create the works that retain immense importance for us today.

Contributors: Joe Andrew, Eric de Haard, Rose France, Helena Goscilo, Jane Gary Harris, Katalin Kroó, Irina Makoveeva, Deborah Martinsen, Robin Feuer Miller, Robin Milner-Gulland, Audun Mørch, Donna Tussing Orwin, Olga Sobolev, Diane Oenning Thompson

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Joe Andrew is Professor Emeritus of Keele University. Educated at Oxford University, at Keele he taught Film and Russian literature. He has published over 25 books, most recently Dostoevskii's Overcoat: Influence, Comparison and Transposition, edited with Robert Reid (Rodopi, 2013).

Robert Reid is an Honorary Fellow of Keele University where he was formerly Reader in Russian. He has published widely on Russian literature. His most recent publication is Dostoevskii's Overcoat: Influence, Comparison and Transposition, edited with Joe Andrew (Rodopi, 2013).
“The 13 essays, which include contributions from some of the most recognized names in innovative Tolstoy scholarship, deliver on that premise in varied and captivating ways. Generally, the authors closely read one concrete textual component—certain works’ use of or rhetoric around versification or music; […] demonstrate how it communicates and, just as important, sometimes complicates the weighty Tolstoyan ‘message.’ The fresh approach abounds with illuminating insights.”
- B. J. Nieubuurt, University of Michigan, US in CHOICE connect, Vol. 59 2022

Contents
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Under Western Eyes: Tolstoi in English-Language Criticism Joe Andrew
The Dancing Ploughman: Tolstoi’s Views on Poetry and His Writings in Verse Eric de Haard
Tolstoy’s Breasts or the Mammary Offensive Helena Goscilo
Tolstoi’s Dogmatic Narrator in His Sevastopol Stories Donna Tussing Orwin
The Chronotope of Realism: Tolstoi’s Sevastopol Stories Audun J. Mørch
Marriage, Freedom and Self in Tolstoi’s Family Happiness and Chekhov’s Three Years Rose France
Ages, Stages and the Culture of Ageing in Tolstoi’s War and Peace Jane Gary Harris
Modelling the Future in War and Peace: Forms and Meanings Katalin Kroó
Tooth Pain, Shame and Moral Choice in Anna Karenina Deborah A. Martinsen
The Problem of Tragedy in Anna Karenina Diane Oenning Thompson
Tolstoi’s ‘About Mushrooms’ Robin Feuer Miller
Anna Karenina Redux Irina Makoveeva
‘What Is Music? What Does It Do?’ A Collective Analysis of The Kreutzer Sonata Robin Milner-Gulland and Olga Sobolev
‘I Am Not the Devil, I Am Simply a Sinful Woman’. Narrative and Gender in Father Sergius: A Neo-Formalist Approach Joe Andrew
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All interested in Tolstoi, nineteenth-century Russian literature, and cultural theory; of interest and accessible to undergraduates, post-graduates, teachers and researchers. Academic libraries, and individuals will wish to obtain this book.
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