• The City Through a Glass, Darkly: Use of the Gothic in Early Russian Realism

    Author(s):
    Katherine Bowers (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    Russian literature
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    19th Century, Dostoevsky, gothic literature, physiological writing, St Petersburg
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6Q312
    Abstract:
    This article examines works by Grigorovich, Dal′, Grebenka, Nekrasov, and Dostoevskii from the period 1845–49, looking at the way these early realists represented St Petersburg. Broadly, they sought to depict life with verisimilitude and experimented with new methods to achieve this aim, adapting earlier literary models such as the physiological sketch and the gothic. Despite differing artistic styles, these writers used the gothic in surprisingly similar ways. The article argues that realism accommodated the gothic as a tool to underscore social concerns surrounding urban poverty as well as build up narrative force in otherwise descriptive passages.
    Notes:
    This article was published in The Modern Language Review 108.4 in October 2013.
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    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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