Dostoevsky and the Epileptic Mode of Being

Dostoevsky and the Epileptic Mode of Being

by Paul Fung


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This book explores the specific implications of epilepsy in each of the Fyodor Dostoevsky's major post-Siberian novels. It discusses Mikhail Bakhtin's idea of polyphony to demonstrate the ways in which different historical and literary references to epilepsy are amalgamated in Dostoevsky's works.

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ISBN-13: 9781909662087
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Note on Texts xi

Introduction 1

1 'The Egoism of Suffering': Schiller with Sade 27

2 Petersburg and the Deaf and Dumb Spirit 48

3 The Image without an Image: The Guillotine and Holbein's Dead Christ 71

4 The Will to Epilepsy: Suicide, Writing, and Modernity 91

5 The Karamazovs' Other History: Childhood, Violence, and the Shriekers 110

Conclusion - Death Sentences: Infinite Postponement 131

Bibliography 137

Index 147

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