Anna Karenina And Others: Tolstoy?s Labyrinth Of Plots

Hardcover | July 31, 2016

byLiza Knapp

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With its complex structure, Anna Karenina places special demands on readers who must follow multiple plotlines and discern their hidden linkages. In her well-conceived and jargon-free analysis, Liza Knapp offers a fresh approach to understanding how the novel is constructed, how it creates patterns of meaning, and why it is much more than Tolstoy’s version of an adultery story.
            Knapp provides a series of readings of Anna Karenina that draw on other works that were critical to Tolstoy’s understanding of the interconnectedness of human lives. Among the texts she considers are The Scarlet Letter, a novel of adultery with a divided plot; Middlemarch, a multiplot novel with neighborly love as its ideal; and Blaise Pascal’s Pensées, which fascinated Tolstoy during his own religious crisis. She concludes with a tour-de-force reading of Mrs. Dalloway that shows Virginia Woolf constructing this novel in response to Tolstoy’s treatment of Anna Karenina and others.

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With its complex structure, Anna Karenina places special demands on readers who must follow multiple plotlines and discern their hidden linkages. In her well-conceived and jargon-free analysis, Liza Knapp offers a fresh approach to understanding how the novel is constructed, how it creates patterns of meaning, and why it is much more t...

Liza Knapp is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University. She is the author of The Annihilation of Inertia: Dostoevsky and Metaphysics, the editor of Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot”: A Critical Companion, and the coeditor of Approaches to Teaching Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.”

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:July 31, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                 
 
Introduction               
1 The Estates of Pokrovskoe and Vozdvizhenskoe: Tolstoy’s Labyrinth of Linkages in Anna Karenina                
2 Anna Karenina and The Scarlet Letter: Anna on the Scaffold of the Pillory and Levin with His Own Red Stigma            
3 Loving Your Neighbor in Middlemarch and Anna Karenina: Varieties of Multiplot Novels                    
4 Loving Your Neighbor, Saving Your Soul: Anna Karenina and English Varieties of Religious Experience                       
5 The Eternal Silence of Infinite Spaces: Pascal in Anna Karenina              
6 Virginia Woolf and Leo Tolstoy on Distant Suffering and Double Plot: For Whom the Bell Tolls in Mrs. Dalloway and Anna Karenina                       
 
Notes              
Bibliography              
Index

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“Knapp’s keen eye for prodding out books that play off one another illuminates not only the multiplot novel in its various guises, but the adultery novel as Tolstoy reinvented it, where sexual transgression is forced to serve the quest for God and faith. A mind-expanding book.”—Caryl Emerson, Princeton University