Item #1785 Novel Epics. Gogol, Dostoevsky, and National Narrative. Frederick T. Griffiths, Stanley J. Rabinowitz.

Novel Epics. Gogol, Dostoevsky, and National Narrative

Northwestern University Press, 1990.

Soft cover, 184 pp.

Novel Epics reassesses the origins of the nineteenth-century Russian novel, challenging the Lukács-Bakhtin theory of epic. Frederick T. Griffiths and Stanley J. Rabinowitz take the Russian novel out of a specifically European context and show that it developed as a means of reconnecting that narrative form with its origins in classical and Christian epic in a way that expressed the Russian desire to renew and restore ancient spirituality. Through readings of Gogol's Dead Souls and Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov, this book redefines "epic" and points to a new understanding of the sweep of Russian literature as a whole.

Item #1785
ISBN: 0810109018