Confronting Dostoevsky's Demons: Anarchism and the Specter of Bakunin in Twentieth-Century Russia (Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature)

Confronting Dostoevsky's Demons: Anarchism and the Specter of Bakunin in Twentieth-Century Russia (Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature)

James Goodwin


even supposing criticized at one time for its hugely tendentious spirit, Dostoevsky’s Demons (1871-1872) has confirmed to be a unique of significant polemical energy. initially encouraged via a minor conspiratorial episode of the past due 1860s, good after Dostoevsky’s dying (1881) the paintings persevered to earn either acclaim and contempt for its scathing sketch of revolutionists pushed by means of damaging, anarchic goals. The textual content of Demons assumed new that means in Russian literary tradition following the Bolshevik triumph of 1917, while the reestablishment and enlargement of centralized country strength unavoidably revived curiosity within the radical populist developments of Russia’s earlier, specifically the anarchist considered Dostoevsky’s mythical modern, Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876).
Confronting Dostoevsky’s ‘Demons’ is the 1st e-book to discover the lifetime of Dostoevsky’s novel in mild of disputes and controversies over Bakunin’s troubling legacy in Russia. opposite to the normal view, which assumes the obsolescence of Demons all through a lot of the Communist interval (1917-1991), this ebook demonstrates that the capability resurgence of Bakuninist inspiration truly inspired reassessments of Dostoevsky’s novel. by way of exploring different rules and demanding suggestions that inspired opposing interpretations of the unconventional in post-revolutionary Russia, Confronting Dostoevsky’s ‘Demons’ finds how the aptitude resurrection of Bakunin’s anti-authoritarian ethos fostered the go back of a politically reactionary novel to the canon of Russian classics.

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