Academic journal article Tolstoy Studies Journal

Annotated Bibliography for 2013-2014

Academic journal article Tolstoy Studies Journal

Annotated Bibliography for 2013-2014

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This collection presents material from a roundtable dedicated to the artistic legacy of Leonid Bolshakov at the seventh Bolshakov Readings held on March 27, 2014 in the city of Orenburg. Various participants remark on Bolshakov's interest in Tolstoy and his preparation of the Orenburg Tolstoy Encyclopedia (1997).


This collection features material from the November 21, 2012 roundtable "1612 and 1812 as Key Stages in the Development of Russian National and Historical Identity," sponsored by the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library and the History Department of St. Petersburg State University. Tolstoy's depiction of the heroic ages of Russian history is explored in two papers: "The Patriotic War of 1812 and the Philosophical and Historical Conceptualization of L. N. Tolstoy" by Iu. K. Rudenko and "N. S. Leskov's 'Heroes of the Patriotic War of 1812 according to Count L. N. Tolstoy' (1869) as a Key to Understanding the History of the Novel War and Peace" by A. A. Shelaeva.

Alston, Charlotte. Tolstoy and His Disciples: The History of a Radical International Movement. London: I. B. Tauris, 2014.

This book reassesses the worldwide political influence of the Tolstoyan movement. The Bolshevik reaction to Christian anarchism, nonviolence, and collectivization is discussed, as well as the international spread of Tolstoy's teachings and the interpretation of these teachings by particular individuals.

Altmaier, Michael Bertram. Vergottlichung bei Vladimir Solov'ev und Lev Tolstoj: ein Dialog, der nie gefuhrt wurde. Wurzburg: Echter, 2014.

This book details personal and artistic interactions between Tolstoy and Vladimir Soloviev. It provides a comparative analysis of their religious, cosmological, and philosophical views.

Anderson, G. Brooke. "Tolstoy's Heat Waves: Each Catastrophic in Its Own Way?" Epidemiology 25.3 (2014): 3653-67.

This commentary draws generalized conclusions from a comparison of heat waves experienced in Chicago in 1995, France in 2003, and Russia in 2010. The catastrophic nature of each heat wave is unique, much like Tolstoy's unhappy families from Anna Karenina.


[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] This book focuses on the life and work of the eighteenth-century writer Laurence Sterne. A portion of the text discusses Sterne's influence on Tolstoy's worldview and artistic legacy.

Autour de Guerre et paix: la campagne de Russie. Publie sous la direction de Michel Aucouturier. Cahiers Leon Tolstoi 24. Paris: Institut d'etudes slaves, 2014.

This collection presents papers from a December 8, 2012 colloquium dedicated to the bicentennial of Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812. Marie-Pierre Rey explores the historical sources used by Tolstoy in his preparation for War and Peace, Ilya Platov discusses the national significance of the battlefield of Borodino, Gerard Abensour considers the Russian author Mikhail Zagoskin as a precursor to Tolstoy, Vera Miltchina outlines the French diplomatic perspective on commemorative events held in Russia in 1834 and 1839, Michel Niqueux traces the literary heritage of the burning of Moscow, Louis Berges examines the Russian campaign in the works of Honore de Balzac, and Andre Lischke analyzes the representation of the Russian campaign in Sergei Prokofiev's operatic version of War and Peace.

Auyoung, Elaine. "Partial Cues and Narrative Understanding in Anna Karenina." Stories and Minds: Cognitive Approaches to Literary Narrative. Ed. Lars Bernaerts, Dirk De Geest, Luc Herman, and Bart Vervaeck. Lincoln, NE: U of Nebraska P, 2013. 59-78.

This chapter considers the effect of minimal cues in Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. Within Tolstoy's text, partial references provide associative identification. For readers, such references force additional engagement with the narrative, allowing Tolstoy to achieve a comprehensive representation of society. …

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