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Dostoevsky and English Modernism 1900–1930

Dostoevsky and English Modernism 1900–1930 by Peter Kaye
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When Constance Garnett's translations (1910–20) made Dostoevsky's novels accessible in England for the first time they introduced a disruptive and liberating literary force, and English novelists had to confront a new model and rival. The writers who are the focus of this study - Lawrence, Woolf, Bennett, Conrad, Forster, Galsworthy and James - either admired or feared Dostoevsky as a monster who might dissolve all literary and cultural distinctions. Though their responses differed greatly, these writers were unanimous in their inability to recognize Dostoevsky as a literary artist. They viewed him instead as a psychologist, a mystic, a prophet and, in the cases of Lawrence and Conrad, a hated rival who compelled creative response. This study constructs a map of English modernist novelists' misreadings of Dostoevsky, and in so doing it illuminates their aesthetic and cultural values and the nature of the modern English novel.
Cambridge University Press; May 1999
258 pages; ISBN 9780511035388
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Title: Dostoevsky and English Modernism 1900–1930
Author: Peter Kaye
 
ISBNs
0511035381
9780511035388
9780521623582