Tolstoy Studies Journal

Articles from Vol. 25, Annual

Annotated Bibliography for 2012-2013
1812 [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 2013. 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...
Death by Inauthenticity: Heidegger's Debt to Ivan Il'ich's Fall
It is tempting to describe The Death of Ivan Il'ich as an excellent illustration of some major elements of Being and Time, but that would not be accurate. More properly, Heidegger owes a debt of inspiration to Tolstoy, a debt not fully repaid by the...
Discussing Art in the Second Redaction of Resurrection
Research on the manuscripts of Resurrection shows how Tolstoy, in his own words, "discarded from" and "hacked away at the pile" ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 171)--in other words, edited. Materials from the six redactions of the novel bear witness...
Galina Vasil'evna Alekseeva
Galina Vasil'evna Alekseeva, Head of Research at the State Tolstoy Museum at Yasnaya Polyana and Distinguished Cultural Scholar of the Russian Federation, is widely known as a highly qualified academic, an energetic leader, an authority on Russian...
Genre and the Temptations of Narrative Desire in Kreutzer Sonata
As Tolstoy was completing Anna Karenina in 1877, he began to experience the spiritual crisis that he later chronicled in A Confession. This led to his well-known repudiation of the vast majority of his previous works and a period during which he abandoned...
Hemingway and Tolstoy: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "Death of Ivan Il'ich"
Drawing some parallels between Hemingway's "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Il'ich, Hugh McLean noted the similarity between the two "biological" writers, by which he meant their interest in "birth and death" (McLean 207)....
"I Am Fond of the French and the Swedes ... " Swedish Visitors to Leo Tolstoy
True to his internationalist outlook, Tolstoy always tried not to show any bias as far as nations and peoples were concerned. Nevertheless, according to his son Lev L'vovich, he is supposed once to have confessed that he was especially fond of the...
Socratic and Kantian Ideas of Virtue in Anna Karenina
Several passages in Anna Karenina suggest a reference to a blend of Socratic and Kantian ideas of virtue. Though Plato, our source for Socrates, and Kant are explicitly mentioned in the novel, we start our investigation not from these references, but...
"Though This Be Madness": Sofia Tolstaya's Second Response to Kreutzer Sonata
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be breakthrough. It is potentially liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death. R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience (1967) [...] when a heroine goes mad she always goes into...
Tolstoy on Pogroms? I. Teneromo (Feinerman): "Reminiscences about L. N. Tolstoy. Pogroms"
After a dark spell of pogroms broke out against the Jews in the 1880s and the ruling Hamans of St. Petersburg organized a new series of persecutions and restrictive measures, Russian society began to speak up. One could hear authoritative voices of...
Tolstoy's Critique of Modernity in War and Peace: Intersections with Foucault
In the last decades of his life, Tolstoy's activities helped forge his reputation as the apostle of the rejection of modernity. The spiritual guidance he freely offered, his retreat to the quasi-autarkic economy of Yasnaya Polyana, his anarchist convictions,...
Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Recovery in War and Peace: The Case of Nikolai Rostov
In the last several years in the United States, there has been an increasing focus on and concern for the psychological casualties of war. Because of medical advances, the chances today of a soldier surviving a battlefield injury are far greater than...
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