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Dostoevsky and The Idiot

Author, Narrator, and Reader

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674182530

Publication Date: 09/08/1981

296 pages


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  • Introduction
  • 1. The Narrative Imperative
  • 2. The Notebooks for The Idiot
  • 3. Shaping the Reader’s Expectations: The Narrative, Parts I and II
  • 4. The Breakdown of the Reader’s Trust in the Narrator: The Narrative, Parts III and IV
  • 5. The Clash of Truth and Falsehood: The Inserted Narrative, Parts I and II
  • 6. The Search for a Binding Idea: The Inserted Narrative, Parts III and IV
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A. The Novel and the Critics
  • Appendix B. The Phenomenology of Reading
  • Appendix C. Characters and Family Constellations
  • Note on Citations
  • Notes
  • Index

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