First Words: On Dostoevsky's Introductions by Lewis BagbyFirst Words: On Dostoevsky's Introductions by Lewis Bagby

First Words: On Dostoevsky's Introductions

byLewis Bagby

Hardcover | January 1, 2016

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Dostoevsky attached introductions to his most challenging narratives, including Notes from the House of the Dead, Notes from Underground, The Devils, The Brothers Karamazov, and "A Gentle Creature." Despite his clever attempts to call his readers' attention to these introductions, they have been neglected as an object of study for over 150 years. That oversight is rectified in First Words, the first systematic study of Dostoevsky's introductions. Using Genette's typology of prefaces and Bakhtin's notion of multiple voices, Lewis Bagby reveals just how important Dostoevsky's first words are to his fiction. Dostoevsky's ruses, verbal winks, and backward glances indicate a lively and imaginative author at earnest play in the field of literary discourse.
Lewis Bagby, Professor Emeritus of Russian, University of Wyoming, is the author of Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky and Russian Byronism and editor of A Hero of Our Times: Critical Articles. He has published widely on Russian Romanticism, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Bakhtin.
Title:First Words: On Dostoevsky's IntroductionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.56 inPublished:January 1, 2016Publisher:Academic Studies PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1618114824

ISBN - 13:9781618114822

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration



Chapter 1: Model Prefaces from Russian Literature

Chapter 2: Dostoevsky's Initial Post-Siberian Work

Chapter 3: Playing with Authorial Identities

Chapter 4: Monsters Roam the Text

Chapter 5: Re-Contextualizing Introductions

Chapter 6: Anxious to the End




Editorial Reviews

"Drawing attention to a surprisingly neglected aspect of Dostoevsky's works, Lewis Bagby deftly reveals how Dostoevsky used introductions-or prologues or forewords or prefaces-to subtly indicate themes and structures of many of his most important writings, such as Notes from the Underground and The Brothers Karamazov. Taking that cue, Bagby offers rich and newly insightful interpretations of Dostoevsky's works large and small, alerting readers how to read them from Dostoevsky's point of view. Bagby's reading of the introduction to "A Gentle Creature" is nothing short of a revelation. The book will likely surprise, and will indeed enlighten, many a reader."