Download Anna Karenina in our time by Gary Saul Morson PDF

By Gary Saul Morson

In this invigorating new evaluation of Anna Karenina, Gary Saul Morson overturns conventional interpretations of the vintage novel and indicates why readers have misunderstood Tolstoy’s characters and intentions. Morson argues that Tolstoy’s rules are way more radical than has been suggestion: his masterpiece demanding situations deeply held conceptions of romantic love, the method of social reform, modernization, and the character of excellent and evil. via investigating the moral, philosophical, and social matters with which Tolstoy grappled, Morson unearths in Anna Karenina robust connections with the worries of this present day. He proposes that Tolstoy’s attempt to work out the area extra correctly can deeply tell our personal look for knowledge within the current day.

 

The ebook deals outstanding analyses of Anna, Karenin, Dolly, Levin, and different characters, with a very sophisticated portrait of Anna’s extremism and self-deception. Morson probes Tolstoy’s very important insights (evil is frequently the results of negligence; goodness derives from small, daily deeds) and completes the amount with an impossible to resist, unique checklist of 1 Hundred and Sixty-Three Tolstoyan Conclusions.

 

Show description

Read Online or Download Anna Karenina in our time PDF

Best criticism & theory books

The "Wake" in Transit

This path-breaking quantity seems at Joyce's concept procedures within the years 1922-24, while he started to look for a sort in a position to conveying the archetypal imaginative and prescient of the paintings that finally grew to become Finnegans Wake. Drawing upon an unlimited physique of archival fabrics, Hayman lines Joyce's growth from exploratory notes, to an important team of early sketches, to his notion of the Wake's relatives of undying characters.

An Audience of One: Dorothy Osborne's Letters to Sir William Temple, 1652-1654

Whilst first released in 1888, the letters of Dorothy Osborne to William Temple - written among 1652 and 1654 - created one of those cult phenomenon within the Victorian interval. Osborne and Temple, either of their early twenties, shared a romance that used to be antagonistic via their households, and Osborne herself was once nearly consistently lower than surveillance.

The Making of the State Reader: Social and Aesthetic Contexts of the Reception of Soviet Literature

In Soviet tradition, the reader used to be by no means a “consumer of books” within the Western feel. based on the classy doctrine on the center of Socialist Realism, the reader used to be a subject matter of schooling, to be reforged and molded. due to this, Soviet tradition can't be tested appropriately with out bearing in mind the studying plenty.

Freedom From Violence and Lies: Essays on Russian Poetry and Music by Simon Karlinsky

Freedom from Violence and Lies is a set of 41 essays via Simon Karlinsky (1924-2009), a prolific and debatable pupil of recent Russian literature, sexual politics, and song who taught within the college of California, Berkeley's division of Slavic Languages and Literatures from 1964 to 1991.

Extra info for Anna Karenina in our time

Example text

At best, reasoning by cases could be considered a place-holder until a true theory could be developed. From the rationalist perspective, successful theories apply to particular cases as surely as the Pythagorean theorem applies to all right triangles. As we shall see, Tolstoy regarded ethics in exactly the opposite way. Agreeing with Montaigne, he saw, with his keen eye for particularities, all the ways in which generalizations oversimplify. Abstract rationality favors deduction from axioms or the discovery of abstract laws allowing us to do away with appeals to experience.

Utopias therefore deny the very nature of things. In War an Peace, Pierre's Utopian dreams are shaken when he gives a speech to his fellow Masons. Not disagreement but agreement most disturbs him, because each of those who concur understands Pierre in a different way. At this meeting Pierre for the first time was struck by the endless variety of men's minds, which prevents a truth from ever appearing the same to any two persons. Even those members who seemed to be on his side understood him in their own way, with stipulations and modifications he could not agree to, since what he chiefly wanted was to convey his thought to others exactly as he understood it.

Because circumstances differ from place to place and time to time, for Levin answers must be specific and timely. Levin can arrive at no abstract truths about peasants and no single remedy for social problems. Tolstoy utterly rejected the intellectuals' ideal of rational thought. Kutuzov and Bagration, the best generals in War and Peace, conspicuously disregard abstract theory and the absurd idea of a science of battle. For them, a good general knows how to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities and regards his soldiers as real people with emotions and moral feelings, neither of which can be formalized.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.90 of 5 – based on 37 votes