Novel Epics

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ISBN 978-0-8101-0901-8
Publication Date
August 1990
Page Count
184 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9
ISBN
0-8101-0901-8

Novel Epics

Gogol, Dostoevsky, and National Narrative
Frederick Griffiths

Novel Epics reassesses the origins of the nineteenth-century Russian novel, challenging the Lukács-Bakhtin theory of epic. Frederick T. Griffiths and Stanley J. Rabinowitz take the Russian novel out of a specifically European context and show that it developed as a means of reconnecting that narrative form with its origins in classical and Christian epic in a way that expressed the Russian desire to renew and restore ancient spirituality. Through readings of Gogol's Dead Souls and Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov, this book redefines "epic" and points to a new understanding of the sweep of Russian literature as a whole.


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"This work subjects the Lukács-Bakhtin view of epic . . . to an erudite and lively critique. . . . It leads to a radical new understanding of the achievement of Gogol and his place in Russian literature, and of what the authors call 'monumental' literature. The writing is . . . brilliant and provocative." --Donald Fanger, Harvard University