Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Fiction's Overcoat by Edith W. Clowes

If Dostoevsky claimed that all Russian writers of his day "came out from Gogol's 'Overcoat,'" then Edith W. Clowes boldly expands his dramatic image to describe the emergence of Russian philosophy out from under the "overcoat" of Russian literature. In Fiction's Overcoat, Clowes responds to the view, commonly held by Western European and North American thinkers, that Russian culture has no philosophical tradition. If that is true, she asks, why do readers everywhere turn to the classics of Russian literature, at least in part because Russian writers so famously engage universal questions, because they are so "philosophical"? Her answer to this question is a lively and comprehensive volume that details the origins, submergence, and re-emergence of a rich and vital Russian philosophical tradition.During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Russian philosophy emerged in conversation with narrative fiction, radical journalism, and speculative theology, developing a distinct cultural discourse with its own claim to authority and truth. Leading Russian thinkers-Berdiaev, Losev, Rozanov, Shestov, and Solovyov-made philosophy the primary forum in which Russians debated metaphysical, aesthetic, and ethical questions as well as issues of individual and national identity. That debate was tragically truncated by the events of 1917 and the rise of the Soviet empire. Today, after seventy years of enforced silence, this particularly Russian philosophical culture has resurfaced. Fiction's Overcoat serves as a welcome guide to its complexities and nuances.Historians and cultural critics will find in Clowes's book the story of the increasing refinement and diversification of Russian cultural discourse, philosophers will find an alternative to the Western philosophical tradition, and students of literature will enjoy the opportunity to rethink the great Russian novelists-particularly Dostoevsky, Pasternak, and Platonov-as important voices in the process of shaping and sustaining a new philosophy and ensuring its survival into our own age.

Buy Fiction's Overcoat by Edith W. Clowes from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780801441929
ISBN-10: 0801441927
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Fiction's Overcoat by Edith W. Clowes

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Fiction's Overcoat book by Edith W. Clowes and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Edith W. Clowes

Edith W. Clowes is the Brown-Forman Professor of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures at the University of Virginia. Her books include Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity, Fiction's Overcoat: Russian Literary Culture and the Question of Philosophy, Doctor Zhivago: A Critical Companion, The Revolution of Moral Consciousness: Nietzsche and Russian Literature, and Russian Experimental Fiction: Resisting Ideology after Utopia.

Books By Edith W. Clowes

Russian Experimental Fiction by Edith W. Clowes
Paperback, July 2014
Russia on the Edge by Edith W. Clowes
Paperback, March 2011
Revolution of Moral Consciousness by Edith W. Clowes
Hardback, October 1988