"A Positive Failure": Holy Foolishness, Paradox, and Narrative in Dostoevsky's "The Idiot"

UNCA Author/Contributor (non-UNCA co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Britt DiBartolo (Creator)
University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA )
Web Site: http://library.unca.edu/
Merritt Mosely

Abstract: The paradoxical and seemingly unredemptive ending of Fyodor Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" informs the reception of the novel as a failure; in this paper, the author argues that the novel's perceived failure and weaknesses serve a problematic ad hoc ending that engages readers in an interpretive exercise to consider the compatibility of spirituality and the competing secular egoisms of 19th century Russian society.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Fyodor Dostoevsky, literary critique, failure

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