Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1593-4
Publication Date
July 1998
Page Count
307 pages
Trim Size
6 1/8 x 9 1/4

Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism

A Study of Dostoevsky in Relation to Balzac, Dickens, and Gogol
Donald Fanger

Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism is Donald Fanger's groundbreaking study of the art of Dostoevsky and the literary and historical context in which it was created. Through detailed analyses of the work of Balzac, Dickens, and Gogol, Fanger identifies romantic realism, the transformative fusion of two generic categories, as a powerful imaginary response to the great modern city. This fusion reaches its aesthetic and metaphysical climax in Dostoevsky, whose vision culminating in Crime and Punishment is seen by Fanger as the final synthesis of romantic realism.

About the Author

Donald Fanger is Harry Levin Professor of Literature "Emeritus," Harvard University. His previous books include Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism and The Creation of Nikolai Gogol, He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"A stimulating and versatile book, not only in terms of its sophisticated comparativist approach to basic literary issues but also in terms of its potential appeal. It is a book that can be enjoyed by both specialist and general reader." --The Nation
"Highly intelligent. . . . Mr. Fanger has written a book which was badly needed, and has written it very well." --Slavic Review