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Structure of the Brothers Karamazov
by Robert Belknap
Northwestern University Press, 1989
Paper: 978-0-8101-0812-7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Long unavailable, The Structure of "The Brothers Karamazov" is a classic in American Slavic studies. Robert L. Belknap's study clarifies the complex architectonics of Dostoevsky's most carefully constructed and painstakingly written book by employing structuralist critical methods. This first paperback edition includes a new preface by the author, reflecting on the theory of the book and on recent developments in Dostoevsky criticism and relevant critical theory.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
Robert L. Belknap is professor of Slavic Languages and the former dean of Columbia University. He is the author of numerous articles and the coauthor of Tradition and Innovation: General Education and the Reintegration of the University.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • CONTENTS 
    • Preface
    • Preface to First Edition
    • I. 
    • Introduction
      • A. 
      • The Diversity of Interpretations of The Brothers Karamazov
      • B. 
      • The Diverse Views on Dostoevskij's Technique
    • II. 
    • The Structure of Inherent Relationships
      • A. 
      • Some Properties of the Inherent Relationships
      • B. 
      • Karamazovism
      • C. 
      • Some Methodological Problems
      • D. 
      • The Devil
      • E. 
      • The Buffoon
      • F. 
      • The Nadryv
      • G. 
      • Divine Grace
      • H. 
      • The Ways in Which the Inherent Relationships Shape the Reader's Experience
    • III. 
    • The Plot
      • A. 
      • Juxtapositions
      • B. 
      • Control of the Reader's Memory
      • C. 
      • Use of the Reader's Expectations
      • D. 
      • Inherent Relationships as Sequential Links
      • E. 
      • Connections in the World Shown in the Novel
      • F. 
      • Characters who Shape the Causal Pattern
      • G. 
      • Parallels between Chronological and Inherent Connections
    • IV. 
    • The Narrative Structure
      • A. 
      • The Indistinct Narrator
      • B. 
      • His Scope and Mode of Awareness
      • C. 
      • Parallels between the Narrative and the Plot Structures
      • D. 
      • Withholding and Selecting Information
      • E. 
      • Secondary Narrators
      • F. 
      • Tertiary and Quaternary Narrators
    • V. 
    • Conclusion
    • Bibliography
    • Pagination of Editions
    • Index
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