A Reader's Guide to Andrei Bely's

A Reader's Guide to Andrei Bely's "Petersburg"

by Leonid Livak (Editor)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299319342
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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

            Leonid Livak
On Translating Petersburg     
            John Elsworth
Part One. The Intellectual Context
Revolutionary Terrorism and Provocation in Petersburg      
            Lynn E. Patyk
Petersburg and Modern Occultism    
            Maria Carlson
Petersburg and Russian Nietzscheanism       
            Edith W. Clowes
Neo-Kantianism in Petersburg          
            Timothy Langen
Petersburg and the Philosophy of Henri Bergson     
            Hilary Fink
Petersburg and the New Science of Psychology       
            Judith Wermuth-Atkinson
Petersburg and Contemporary Racial Thought         
            Henrietta Mondry
Petersburg as Apocalyptic Fiction     
            David M. Bethea
Part Two. The Aesthetic Context
Petersburg and Music in Modernist Theory and Literature  
            Steven Cassedy
Theatricality and Life-Creation in Russian Modernist Culture and in Andrei Bely’s Petersburg     
            Colleen McQuillen
Petersburg and Modernist Painting with Words       
            Olga Matich
Petersburg and Urbanism in the Modernist Novel    
            Taras Koznarsky
Petersburg 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

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