Academic journal article Tolstoy Studies Journal

Annotated Bibliography for 2010-2011

Academic journal article Tolstoy Studies Journal

Annotated Bibliography for 2010-2011

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Adams, Edward. Liberal Epic: The Victorian Practice of History from Gibbon to Churchill. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2011.

This book explores the usage and reception of epic literature by society over time. Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is examined alongside Thomas Hardy's The Dynasts and G. M. Trevelyan's Garibaldi Trilogy. Adams's comparative analysis identifies different notions of liberalism within the epic genre and follows this tradition through the writing of J. M. Keynes.


This article examines the creation of Tolstoy's epic realism, beginning with his early trilogy Childhood, Boyhood, Youth. Even in this personalized account, Tolstoy builds a foundation for the epic-scale realism that permeates War and Peace.


This collection is devoted to the problems of theory and history in Russian literary criticism. It examines critical questions in Tolstoy's treatise What Is Art? and the three variant endings of Anna Karenina. Special attention is given to D. S. Merezhkovsky's interpretation of Tolstoy's artistic world.

Alston, Charlotte. "Tolstoy's Guiding Light." History Today 60.10 (2010): 30-36.

This article details the influence of Tolstoy's philosophical and religious thought abroad and his enduring legacy after his death. Alston names the key adherents to "Tolstoyism" and establishes a social context to explain the worldwide appeal of Tolstoy at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.


This monograph explores the theme of Orthodox spirituality in classic Russian literature. The historical-literary process is reviewed in its highest manifestations to reveal numerous examples of Orthodoxy in Russian literature. In particular, the author examines the creative links between Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Tyutchev, giving special attention to Tolstoy's appreciation of Tyutchev's verse "Silentium" as reflected in the figure of Levin in Anna Karenina and in its shaping of Tolstoy's Circle of Reading.

Antonangeli, Riccardo. "Un'oscura energia nel riconoscere." Strumenti critici: Rivista quadrimestrale di cultura e critica letteraria 25.2 (2010): 225-45.

This article explores the connection between the identification of small details and the establishment of recognition in the texts of Leo Tolstoy and Thomas Mann. Comparing scenes from Mann's Joseph and His Brothers and Tolstoy's War and Peace, Antonangeli observes a similar pattern of recognition in each work. The upward movement of recognition links to ideas of time, memory, and personal identity in the work of both authors.

Aucouturier, Michel. Leon Tolstoi: <>. Paris: Gallimard, 2010.


This comprehensive treatment of the problem "R. M. Rilke and Russia" builds on several decades of research. This book contains a history of Rilke's relationship to Tolstoy, including detailed accounts of Rilke's visits with Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana (1899, 1900) and Moscow (1899), and analyzes Rilke's use of Tolstoyan topics in his work. Rilke's perception of Tolstoy is viewed from many angles: Tolstoy as an artist, his personality as a writer, and his religious and ethical character.

Baer, Brian James. "Translating Foreign Words in Imperial Russian Literature: The Experience of the Foreign and the Sociology of Language." International Journal of the Sociology of Language 207 (2011): 127-151.

This article looks at specific passages from Mikhail Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time and Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace in both the original Russian and various English translations. Baer focuses on the use of foreign words in each text and observes the different ways translators emphasize these in their respective editions. …

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