Spaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the Arts by Ksana BlankSpaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the Arts by Ksana Blank

Spaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the Arts

byKsana Blank

Hardcover | October 1, 2016

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In the six essays of this book, Ksana Blank examines affinities among works of nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian literature and their connections to the visual arts and music. Blank demonstrates that the borders of authorial creativity are not stable and absolute, that talented artists often transcend the classifications and paradigms established by critics. Featured in the volume are works by Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Nabokov, Daniil Kharms, Kazimir Malevich, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Ksana Blank is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. She is the author of Dostoevsky's Dialectics and the Problem of Sin (2010).
Title:Spaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the ArtsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.56 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Academic Studies PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1618115405

ISBN - 13:9781618115409

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration and TranslationIllustrationsAcknowledgements


Chapter 1. Sex, Crime, and Railroads in Dostoevsky's Idiot and Tolstoy's Kreutzer Sonata

Chapter 2. "Horror-Red, White, and Square": Abstract Images in Tolstoy

Chapter 3. Dobuzhinsky's Farewell to Petersburg

Chapter 4. Praising the Name: The Religious Theme in Daniil Kharms

Chapter 5. Nabokov's Nymphet and Pushkin's Water-Nymph

Chapter 6. Captain Lebyadkin's Poetry in Shostakovich and Dostoevsky


Editorial Reviews

"An interdisciplinary creative space is a complex thing. It is home not only to plot, language, structure, but also to whole worlds. In this provocative collection of essays, Ksana Blank shows us some unexpected corners of these worlds: the great Realist novelists shunning the railroad, Shostakovich finding poetry in Dostoevsky, the absurdist Kharms weighing in on a religious controversy, Dobuzhinsky becoming a visual chronicler of Petersburg, Tolstoy anticipating the thinking of Malevich, and Nabokov's nymphet drowning in Pushkinian subtexts. Works we know by heart are estranged and refreshed by these resourceful angles of vision."