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Saints and Revolutionaries
The Ascetic Hero in Russian Fiction
Saints and Revolutionaries
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Marcia A. Morris - Author
Price: $53.50 
Hardcover - 256 pages
Release Date: February 1993
ISBN10: 0-7914-1299-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1299-2

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Paperback - 256 pages
Release Date: February 1993
ISBN10: 0-7914-1300-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1300-5

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Summary

"It takes a hitherto neglected pattern in Russian literature, and shows how it informs and shapes some of the more important works of medieval Russian literature, and of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We have all been aware that these works are a bit strange, and now the author has shown us why this is so. The link between the medieval and the modern--fascinating in itself--is argued clearly and convincingly." -- Robert A. Maguire, Columbia University

An examination of literary works spanning more than seven centuries, this volume studies the ascetic hero and asceticism, exploring the elusive interplay between religion, politics, and belles lettres in Russia. The first part places works including the thirteenth-century Kievan Crypt Patericon and Life of Avraamii Smolenskii, Epifanii's Life of Sergii Radonezhskii, and other lives written in the north of Russia, in the context of crucial religious doctrines such as apocalypticism and deification. The author shows how Old Russian literature plays a major cultural role in the continuing development of these doctrines on Russian soil.

The second part traces a revival of the Russian fascination with themes of apocalypse and perfectibility to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Morris also documents the development of a divergence in ideological approach between Russian writers who continued to view apocalypticism and deification as religious phenomena and those who used them as tools of social and political struggle. Works by Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chernyshevsky, and Gorky, as well as classic novels of the socialist realist tradition are analyzed as evidence of the underlying unity of the literary manifestations of this ostensibly bifurcated intellectual tradition.

Marcia A. Morris is Assistant Professor of Russian at Georgetown University.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction
The Nonreturning Hero


Chapter One
Origins


Chapter Two
Kievan Ascetics: Resistance to the Type


Chapter Three
Visions of the End: The Life of Avraamii Smolenskii


Chapter Four
Ascetics of the North: Stabilization and Decline


Chapter Five
The Unidimensional Hero in a Multidimensional World: Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky


Chapter Six
Visions of the Perfect Society


Chapter Seven
Racing against Time: Ascetics of the Thirties


Conclusion

Notes

Works Cited

Studies of the Harriman Institute

Index


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25180/24657(CFS//)

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