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Turgenev By Frank Friedeberg Seeley

Turgenev by Frank Friedeberg Seeley

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This comprehensive examination of Turgenev's fiction challenges traditional assumptions of both Eastern and Western critics. It focuses principally on the complexity and subtlety of Turgenev's portrayal of the psychology of his characters. The book is designed to be accessible not only to Slavists, but to other literary scholars.

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Turgenev: A Reading of his Fiction by Frank Friedeberg Seeley

Unlike his contemporaries, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) has until recently received less than his fair share of attention from Western scholars. This comprehensive examination of Turgenev's fiction begins by outlining the writer's life and sketching his personality. It provides a brief survey of his poetry and plays as the prelude to the fiction and reviews some aspects of his literary criticism in their bearing upon it. The main body of the book is devoted to readings of the individual works - A Sportsman's Sketches, the novels and all the stories. Professor Seeley focuses principally on the complexity and subtlety of Turgenev's portrayal of the psychology of his characters - a hitherto neglected aspect of his art. His approach challenges traditional views still current in the critical literature of both the East and the West. The book has been designed to be accessible not only to Slavists, but also to scholars and students of other literatures.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction: Turgenev and his antinomies; 1. Life and reputation; 2. Poetry, plays, criticism; 3. First stories; 4. Serfs and serf-owners: A Sportsman's Sketches; 5. Transition: the end of serfdom: the 'superfluous man'; 6. Love and the superfluous man; 7. 'Hamlet and Don Quixote' - Rudin; 8. The 'Turgenev heroine': A Nest of Gentry; 9. The New Man and the New Woman: On the Eve; 10. The first nihilist: Fathers and Children; 11. The legacy of nihilism: 'Enough', Smoke; 12. 'There are more things in heaven and earth'; 13. The years that are no more; 14. Down memory lane; 15. Seeds of revolution: Virgin Soil; 16. The last writings; 17. Epilogue; Notes; Index.

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NLS9780521114998
9780521114998
0521114993
Turgenev: A Reading of his Fiction by Frank Friedeberg Seeley
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2009-06-25
396
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