Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia
By (author) Irina Paperno
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Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia by Irina Paperno
Book DescriptionIn the popular and scientific imagination, suicide has always been an enigmatic act that defies, and yet demands, explanation. Throughout the centuries, philosophers and writers, journalists and scientists have attempted to endow this act with meaning. In the nineteenth century, and especially in Russia, suicide became the focus for discussion of such issues as the immortality of the soul, free will and determinism, the physical and the spiritual, the individual and the social. Analyzing a variety of sources-medical reports, social treatises, legal codes, newspaper articles, fiction, private documents left by suicides-Irina Paperno describes the search for the meaning of suicide. Paperno focuses on Russia of the 1860s-1880s, when suicide was at the center of public attention.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801484254
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Irina Paperno
'Who, What am I?', Hardback (November 2014)
A deeply-informed account of Tolstoy's lifelong attempt to find adequate ways to represent the self, to probe its limits and, ultimately, to arrive at an identity not based on the bodily self and its accumulated life experience.
Stories of the Soviet Experience, Paperback (October 2009)» View all books by Irina Paperno
Paperno argues that, diverse as they are, these narratives-memoirs, diaries, notes, blogs-assert the historical significance of intimate lives shaped by catastrophic political forces, especially the Terror under Stalin and World War II.
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Author Biography - Irina Paperno
Irina Paperno teaches Russian literature and intellectual history at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of "Who, What Am I?": Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self, Stories of the Soviet Experience: Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams; and Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia, all from Cornell, and Chernyshevsky and the Age of Realism: A Study in the Semiotics of Behavior.
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