Art, Ideology and Legacy.
Reid, Robert and Joe Andrew (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2010, XIII, 343 pp.
€ 72 / US$ 101
Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics 56
"This large diverse collection of papers presented at a conference at Mansfield College, Oxford, in 2006 adds welcome weight to the accumulating scholarship on Turgenev. [...]The volume begins strongly with an intriguing piece by Irene Masing-Delic on a repeated scenario of transgression into hidden or forbidden spaces in Turgenev's short prose."
- Dale E. Paterson (Amherst College), Slavic and East European Journal vol 56.3 (2012), pp. 461-463
"Overall, this is a stimulating collection, which will appeal both to Turgenev specialists and the general Slavist reader".
The Russian Review, 70, no.3 (July 2011), p. 505.
Turgenev is in many ways the most enigmatic of the great nineteenth-century Russian writers. A realist, he was nevertheless drawn towards symbolism and the supernatural in his later career. Renowned for his authentic depictions of Russian life, he spent long periods in Europe and was more Western in outlook than many of his contemporaries. Though he stood aloof from politics, the major political issues of nineteenth-century Russia are central to his fiction. Interest in Turgenev remains strong in the twenty-first century, sustained by the amenability of his work to contemporary critical approaches and also by a recognition of the continuing relevance of his perspective on the perennial complexities of Russia’s relations with Europe. This volume provides ample evidence of this interest. The chapters which comprise it are written by specialists on the writer and cover many aspects of Turgenev’s creativity from his artistic method to such issues as the Jewish Question and Europe. It also examines his cultural legacy - in film and recent popular re-writes of his novels - as well as his influence on writers as diverse as Rozanov and Robert Dessaix. This work will be of interest to students, postgraduates and specialists in the field of Russian literary culture.
Notes on Contributors
Robert Reid: Introduction: Turgenev: Art, Ideology and Legacy
Irene Masing-Delic: Hidden Spaces in Turgenev’s Short Prose: What They Conceal and What They Show
Steven Brett Shaklan: ‘So Many Foreign and Useless Words!’: Ivan Turgenev’s Poetics of Negation
Joost van Baak: Turgenev-Bricoleur: Observations on the World of Turgenev’s Sketches from a Hunter’s Album
Sander Brouwer: First Love, but not First Lover: Turgenev’s Poetics of Unoriginality
Erica Siegel: Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: The Language of Things in Fathers and Sons
Willem G. Weststeijn: The Description of the Appearance of Characters in Turgenev’s Novels (in particular Fathers and Sons)
Kathryn Ambrose: Turgenev’s Representation of the ‘New People’
Richard Freeborn: No Smoke without a Bit of Fire
Elena Katz: Turgenev and the ‘Jewish Question’
Greta Slobin: Turgenev Finds a Home in Russia Abroad
Justin Weir: Turgenev as Institution: Sketches from a Hunter’s Album in Tolstoi’s Early Aesthetics
Henrietta Mondry: A Wrong Kind of Love - A Teacher of Sex on a Teacher of Love: Vasilii Rozanov on Turgenev and Viardot
Otto Boele: After Death, the Movie (1915) - Ivan Turgenev, Evgenii Bauer and the Aesthetics of Morbidity
Rachel Morley: Performing Femininity in an Age of Change: Evgenii Bauer, Ivan Turgenev and the Legend of Evlaliia Kadmina
Kevin Windle and Rosh Ireland: Turgenev’s Antipodean Echoes: Robert Dessaix and his Russian Mentor
Olga Soboleva and Pogos Saiadian: Ivan Sergeev, Fathers and Sons: The Phenomenon of the Nouveau-Russian Novel