Confronting Dostoevsky's «demons» (Hardcover)
Anarchism and the Specter of Bakunin in Twentieth-Century Russia (Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature #33)
Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi, 9781433108839, 251pp.
Publication Date: February 19, 2010
Confronting Dostoevsky's 'Demons' is the first book to explore the life of Dostoevsky's novel in light of disputes and controversies over Bakunin's troubling legacy in Russia. Contrary to the traditional view, which assumes the obsolescence of Demons throughout much of the Communist period (1917-1991), this book demonstrates that the potential resurgence of Bakuninist thought actually encouraged reassessments of Dostoevsky's novel. By exploring the different ideas and critical strategies that motivated opposing interpretations of the novel in post-revolutionary Russia, Confronting Dostoevsky's 'Demons' reveals how the potential resurrection of Bakunin's anti-authoritarian ethos fostered the return of a politically reactionary novel to the canon of Russian classics.