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The Resource Fiction's Overcoat: : Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy, Vol, (electronic resource.)

Fiction's Overcoat: : Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy, Vol, (electronic resource.)

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Fiction's Overcoat: : Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy, Vol
Title
Fiction's Overcoat:
Title remainder
Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy
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Vol
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
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Clowes, Edith W
Dewey number
197
Intended audience
  • Trade
  • 17
Intended audience source
  • Cornell University Press
  • Cornell University Press
LC call number
B4231.C57 2004
Summary expansion
If Dostoevsky claimed that all Russian writers of his day "came out from Gogol's 'Overcoat,'" then Edith W. Clowes boldly expands his dramatic image to describe the emergence of Russian philosophy out from under the "overcoat" of Russian literature. In Fiction's Overcoat, Clowes responds to the view, commonly held by Western European and North American thinkers, that Russian culture has no philosophical tradition. If that is true, she asks, why do readers everywhere turn to the classics of Russian literature, at least in part because Russian writers so famously engage universal questions, because they are so "philosophical"? Her answer to this question is a lively and comprehensive volume that details the origins, submergence, and re-emergence of a rich and vital Russian philosophical tradition.During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Russian philosophy emerged in conversation with narrative fiction, radical journalism, and speculative theology, developing a distinct cultural discourse with its own claim to authority and truth. Leading Russian thinkers--Berdiaev, Losev, Rozanov, Shestov, and Solovyov--made philosophy the primary forum in which Russians debated metaphysical, aesthetic, and ethical questions as well as issues of individual and national identity. That debate was tragically truncated by the events of 1917 and the rise of the Soviet empire. Today, after seventy years of enforced silence, this particularly Russian philosophical culture has resurfaced. Fiction's Overcoat serves as a welcome guide to its complexities and nuances.Historians and cultural critics will find in Clowes's book the story of the increasing refinement and diversification of Russian cultural discourse, philosophers will find an alternative to the Western philosophical tradition, and students of literature will enjoy the opportunity to rethink the great Russian novelists--particularly Dostoevsky, Pasternak, and Platonov--as important voices in the process of shaping and sustaining a new philosophy and ensuring its survival into our own age
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Fiction's Overcoat: : Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy, Vol, (electronic resource.)
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OCM1bookssj0002085959
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09.000 x 06.000 in.
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unknown
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320 p.
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9780801441929
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2003019026
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9780801441929
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Label
Fiction's Overcoat: : Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy, Vol, (electronic resource.)
Publication
Control code
OCM1bookssj0002085959
Dimensions
09.000 x 06.000 in.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
320 p.
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780801441929
Lccn
2003019026
Other control number
9780801441929
Other physical details
ill
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
978-0-8014-4192-9
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002085959

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