Andrei Bely's 1913 masterwork Petersburg is widely regarded as the most important Russian novel of the twentieth century. Vladimir Nabokov ranked it with James Joyce's Ulysses, Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, and Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time. Few artistic works created before the First World War encapsulate and articulate the sensibility, ideas, phobias, and aspirations of Russian and transnational modernism as comprehensively.
Bely expected his audience to participate in unraveling the work's many meanings, narrative strains, and patterns of details. In their essays, the contributors clarify these complexities, summarize the intellectual and artistic contexts that informed Petersburg's creation and reception, and review the interpretive possibilities contained in the novel. This volume will aid a broad audience of Anglophone readers in understanding and appreciating Petersburg.
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
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About the Author
Leonid Livak is a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. His books include In Search of Russian Modernism and The Jewish Persona in the European Imagination.
Table of Contents
Introduction Leonid Livak On Translating Petersburg John Elsworth Part One. The Intellectual Context Revolutionary Terrorism and Provocation in Petersburg Lynn E. PatykPetersburg and Modern Occultism Maria CarlsonPetersburg and Russian Nietzscheanism Edith W. Clowes Neo-Kantianism in Petersburg Timothy LangenPetersburg and the Philosophy of Henri Bergson Hilary FinkPetersburg and the New Science of Psychology Judith Wermuth-AtkinsonPetersburg and Contemporary Racial Thought Henrietta MondryPetersburg as Apocalyptic Fiction David M. Bethea Part Two. The Aesthetic ContextPetersburg and Music in Modernist Theory and Literature Steven Cassedy Theatricality and Life-Creation in Russian Modernist Culture and in Andrei Bely’s Petersburg Colleen McQuillenPetersburg and Modernist Painting with Words Olga MatichPetersburg and Urbanism in the Modernist Novel Taras KoznarskyPetersburg and the Problem of Consciousness in Modernist Fiction Violeta Sotirova Aids for Reading and Studying Petersburg An Annotated Synopsis Leonid Livak Recommended Critical Literature in English Index