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.
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
Preface to First Edition
The Diversity of Interpretations of The Brothers Karamazov
The Diverse Views on Dostoevskij's Technique
The Structure of Inherent Relationships
Some Properties of the Inherent Relationships
Some Methodological Problems
The Ways in Which the Inherent Relationships Shape the Reader's Experience
Control of the Reader's Memory
Use of the Reader's Expectations
Inherent Relationships as Sequential Links
Connections in the World Shown in the Novel
Characters who Shape the Causal Pattern
Parallels between Chronological and Inherent Connections
The Narrative Structure
The Indistinct Narrator
His Scope and Mode of Awareness
Parallels between the Narrative and the Plot Structures
Withholding and Selecting Information
Tertiary and Quaternary Narrators
Pagination of Editions
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