Darwin, Dostoevsky, and Russia’s Radical Youth

Victoria Thorstensson, David Bethea

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Dostoevsky Beyond Dostoevsky is a collection of essays with a broad interdisciplinary focus. It includes contributions by leading Dostoevsky scholars, social scientists, scholars of religion and philosophy. The volume considers aesthetics, philosophy, theology, and science of the 19th century Russia and the West that might have informed Dostoevsky’s thought and art. Issues such as evolutionary theory and literature, science and society, scientific and theological components of comparative intellectual history, and aesthetic debates of the nineteenth century Russia form the core of the intellectual framework of this book. Dostoevsky’s oeuvre with its wide-ranging interests and engagement with philosophical, religious, political, economic, and scientific discourses of his time emerges as a particularly important case for the study of cross-fertilization among disciplines. The individual chapters explore Dostoevsky’s real or imaginative dialogues with aesthetic, philosophic, and scientific thought of his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors, revealing Dostoevsky’s forward looking thought, as it finds its echoes in modern literary theory, philosophy, theology and science.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDostoevsky Beyond Dostoevsky
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Religion, Philosophy
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherAcademic Studies Press
ISBN (Print)978-1618115263
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameArs Rossica
PublisherAcademic Studies Press


  • Dostoevsky
  • Russian Literature
  • Realism
  • Nihilism
  • Darwin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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