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Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia / Irina Paperno.

Author/Creator:
Paperno, Irina, author., Author,
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (336 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Suicide in literature.
Suicide -- Social aspects.
Suicide -- Russia -- History -- 19th century.
Local subjects:
History. (search)
Soviet & East European History. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In 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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
A Note on Language
Introduction: The Symbolic Meanings of Suicide
1. Suicide and Western Science: Man's Two Bodies
2. Russian Views: Church, Law, and Science
3. Suicide in the Russian Press
4. Suicide Notes and Diaries
5. Dostoevsky's Fiction: The Metaphysics of Suicide
6. Diary of a Writer: Dostoevsky and His Reader
7. Portrait of a Journalist: Albert Kovner
Notes
Appendix: The Russian Texts
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 02. Mrz 2022)
Contributor:
Paperno, Irina, contributor., Contributor,
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781501724602
OCLC:
1129175195
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501724602 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.