This volume explores the Russia where the great writer, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–81), was born and lived. It focuses not only on the Russia depicted in Dostoevsky's works, but also on the Russian life that he and his contemporaries experienced: on social practices and historical developments, political and cultural institutions, religious beliefs, ideological trends, artistic conventions and literary genres. Chapters by leading scholars illuminate this broad context, offer insights into Dostoevsky's reflections on his age, and examine the expression of those reflections in his writing. Each chapter investigates a specific context and suggests how we might understand Dostoevsky in relation to it. Since Russia took so much from Western Europe throughout the imperial period, the volume also locates the Russian experience within the context of Western thought and practices, thereby offering a multidimensional view of the unfolding drama of Russia versus the West in the nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
Chronology; 1. Introduction: the many worlds of Dostoevsky Olga Maiorova and Deborah A. Martinsen; Part I. Social, Historical, and Cultural Contexts: Section 1. Changing Political, Economic, and Social Landscape: 2. The great reforms and the new courts Richard Wortman; 3. The abolition of serfdom Nathaniel Knight; 4. Punishment and crime Anna Schur; 5. Socialism, utopia, and myth James P. Scanlan; 6. Nihilism and terrorism Derek Offord; 7. The 'woman question', women's work, women's options Barbara Engel; 8. The economy and the print market Jonathan Paine; Section 2. Political, Social, and Cultural Institutions: 9. Russian monarchy and the people Richard Wortman; 10. Empire Olga Maiorova; 11. Service ranks Irina Reyfman; 12. Education Inessa Medzhibovskaya; 13. Science, technology, and medicine Michael D. Gordin; 14. Jews, race, and biology Harriet Murav; 15. Suicide Susan Morrissey; 16. Children Robin Feuer Miller; 17. Gambling Richard J. Rosenthal; Section 3. Space and Place: 18. Symbolic geography Anne Lounsbery; 19. St Petersburg Robert Belknap; 20. The Crystal Palace Sarah J. Young; Section 4. Religion and Modernity: 21. Orthodox spirituality Nel Grillaert; 22. Religious dissent Irina Paert; 23. Roman Catholicism Mikhail Dolbilov; 24. Islam Robert Geraci; Part II. Literature, Journalism, and Languages: 25. Modern print culture Konstantine Klioutchkine; 26. Realism Liza Knapp; 27. Dostoevsky: translator and translated Carol Apollonio; 28. Travel and travel writing Susan Layton; 29. Folklore Linda Ivanits; 30. Foreign languages Karin Beck; 31. Theater Maude Meisel; 32. Dostoevsky's journalism and fiction Ellen Chances; 33. Dostoevsky's journalism in the 1860s Sarah Hudspith; 34. Dostoevsky's journalism in the 1870s Kate Holland; 35. Censorship Irene Zohrab; Glossary; Further reading.