Anniversary Essays on Tolstoy by Donna Tussing Orwin

By Donna Tussing Orwin

A century after Leo Tolstoy's dying, the writer of struggle and Peace is generally well-known yet too frequently considered in basic terms on the subject of his realism and judgment of right and wrong. the various facets of Tolstoy published in those new essays communicate to modern readers with marvelous strength, relevance, and complexity. In a full of life, difficult type, best students diversity over his lengthy lifestyles, from his first paintings adolescence to the works of his previous age like Hadji Murat, and the various genres within which he labored, from the foremost novels to aphorisms and brief tales. The essays current new techniques to his important topics: love, dying, non secular religion and doubt, violence, the animal country, and warfare. in addition they verify his reception either in his lifetime and as a consequence. atmosphere new agendas for the research of this vintage writer, this quantity offers a photograph of present scholarship on Tolstoy.

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6 At the same time as nature became a kind of objective analogue for the self, a figurative representation of the totality of the soul, it was in its turn preserved from disintegration by being unified in the prism of aesthetic consciousness. Yet because it rests on a solitary experience and, unlike the beautiful, fails to invoke values shared by a community, the sublime underpins a form of self-consciousness staunchly individual and autonomous. Boileau sparked off the fascination for the sublime with his translation of Longinus’ treatise On the Sublime in 1674.

Chapter 2 Sublime vision and self-derision: the aesthetics of death in Tolstoy Andreas Schönle Death features prominently in Tolstoy’s artistic and intellectual universe. Tolstoy’s very first work, Childhood, a semi-fictional account of scenes inspired by his childhood, relates the 10-year-old protagonist’s first confrontation with death when his mother unexpectedly succumbs to an illness. Tolstoy was about 2 years old when his mother died, and 9 when his father followed her. This initial painful realization of human mortality clearly exerted a profound impact, prompting him to recreate the image of his mother in Childhood and to return again and again to the theme of death in his subsequent works.

Chapter 2 Sublime vision and self-derision: the aesthetics of death in Tolstoy Andreas Schönle Death features prominently in Tolstoy’s artistic and intellectual universe. Tolstoy’s very first work, Childhood, a semi-fictional account of scenes inspired by his childhood, relates the 10-year-old protagonist’s first confrontation with death when his mother unexpectedly succumbs to an illness. Tolstoy was about 2 years old when his mother died, and 9 when his father followed her. This initial painful realization of human mortality clearly exerted a profound impact, prompting him to recreate the image of his mother in Childhood and to return again and again to the theme of death in his subsequent works.

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