Dostoevsky's "The Idiot"

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1533-0
Publication Date
September 1998
Page Count
275 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Dostoevsky's "The Idiot"

A Critical Companion
Liza Knapp

This book, part of the acclaimed AATSEEL Critical Companions series, is designed to guide readers through Dostoevsky's most mysterious and confusing work. It begins with introductory essays looking at where, when, and how The Idiot was written and at the novel's major characters. Other essays guide the reader through the author's plans and notebooks; use contemporary feminist criticism to shed light on how this novel explores alternatives to traditional roles; examine the ways in which the novel reflects Dostoevsky's concern with apocalypse, modernity, and time; and address the ways the novel's hero, Prince Myshkin, can be compared to Christ. A final section offers a rich collection of primary sources, including Dostoevsky's letters concerning The Idiot, and an annotated bibliography.

About the Author

Liza Knapp is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of The Annihilation of Inertia: Dostoevsky and Metaphysics, also published by Northwestern University Press.