Academic journal article Tolstoy Studies Journal

Annotated Bibliography for 2012-2013

Academic journal article Tolstoy Studies Journal

Annotated Bibliography for 2012-2013

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This publication commemorates the two-hundredth anniversary of the Russian Patriotic War of 1812. The collection examines the war's depiction in a variety of literary works. Several articles focus on Tolstoy's work as a central subject: N. D. Bludilina compares Karamzin's artistic perception of the war to Tolstoy's, M. A. Mozharova analyzes the motif of "purifying suffering" in the depiction of the war in I. V. Kireevskii's story "The Island" and Tolstoy's War and Peace, I. A. Vinogradov considers features of Nikolai Gogol's Taras Bulba that appear in Tolstoy's War and Peace, and E. P. Zykova interprets the attempts made by Walter Scott and Tolstoy to understand Napoleon's personality.

Adams, Jennifer. Anna Karenina: A Fashion Primer. Art by Alison Oliver. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2013. This board book for infant readers presents clothing vocabulary with illustrations based on the character of Anna Karenina from Tolstoy's novel.

Alekseeva, Galina. "Dickens in Leo Tolstoy's Universe." The Reception of Charles Dickens in Europe. Ed. Michael Hollington. Vol. 1. New York:

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. 86-92. This article considers the influence of Charles Dickens on Tolstoy's writing, especially the influence of Dickens's novel David Copperfield on Tolstoy's trilogy Childhood, Boyhood, Youth. Alekseeva details Tolstoy's positive response to Dickens's work. Passages from Dickens continued to influence Tolstoy's writing throughout his lifetime.

--, "Emerson and Tolstoy's Appraisals of Napoleon." Trans. Ian Garner. Tolstoy Studies Journal 24 (2012): 59-65.

This research note compares the biographical description of Napoleon in Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Napoleon; or, The Man of the World," published in 1850 in his series entitled Representative Men, and the image of Napoleon in Tolstoy's novel War and Peace. Tolstoy expressed his positive response to Emerson's essay upon reading it in 1884. Alekseeva outlines the shared sources that contributed to each author's knowledge of Napoleon, including the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, Johann Gottfried von Herder, Emmanuel de las Cases, and Thomas Carlyle.

--, "Leo Tolstoy Reading Charles Dickens." Charles Dickens and Europe. Ed. Maxime Leroy. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 159-167.

This article provides a chronological overview of Tolstoy's reading of Charles Dickens's work. Tolstoy began reading Dickens's novel David Copperfield in the early 1850s. Other works by Dickens that Tolstoy read, at least in part, include Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and The Pickwick Papers. Tolstoy's attitude towards Dickens's work remained positive throughout his lifetime; the influence of Dickens can be seen in several of Tolstoy's works.

[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 1 (2013): 150-158; 2 (2013): 190-200; 3 (2013): 211-219; 4 (2013): 196-205; 5 (2013): 204-211; 6 (2013): 191-200; 7 (2013): 165-173; 8 (2013): 175-184; 9 (2013): 169-179; 10 (2013): 192-202.

This series of articles examines various features in the life and work of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Bachinin outlines the religious outlook of the two writers and relates their writings to historical and contemporary issues. Tolstoy's criticism of Christian dogma and his religious reformation as it connects to his creative work is especially emphasized in parts five through seven of the series, with the titles "Energy of Deception, or Anatomy of Humanitarian Temptations," "The Theology of the Rebellious Leo: Mutiny Against Christ and Shakespeare," and "Mystical Experiment and Rational Reformation."

Balasubramanian, Radha. The Influence of India on Leo Tolstoy and Tolstoy's Influence on India: A Study of Reciprocal Receptions. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2013.

This monograph details Tolstoy's relationship with India through spiritual, philosophical, and theological connections. …

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