Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel Amy Mandelker

ISBN: 9780814206133

Published: January 1st 1994

Hardcover

241 pages


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Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel  by  Amy Mandelker

Framing Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, the Woman Question, and the Victorian Novel by Amy Mandelker
January 1st 1994 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 241 pages | ISBN: 9780814206133 | 4.59 Mb

Amy Mandelkers feminist reinterpretation of Tolstoys Anna Karenina challenges prevailing critical notions of Tolstoy as a misogynist and Anna Karenina as a classic realist novel. Instead, Mandelker reads Tolstoy as a radical feminist at theMoreAmy Mandelkers feminist reinterpretation of Tolstoys Anna Karenina challenges prevailing critical notions of Tolstoy as a misogynist and Anna Karenina as a classic realist novel.

Instead, Mandelker reads Tolstoy as a radical feminist at the vanguard of Russias woman question debates and Anna Karenina as a modernist novel that breaks tradition. Mandelkers revisionist analysis begins with the contention that Anna Karenina rejects the textual conventions of realism and the stereo-typical representation of women, especially in Victorian English fiction. In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy uses the theme of art and visual representation to articulate an aesthetics freed from gender bias and class discrimination.

As Mandelker shows, Tolstoy compares the theme of the representation of women in society with the representation of women in art to critique Western bourgeois traditions that trivialize the beautiful as a feminine category in aesthetics and a purchasable commodity in society. In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy both creates and theorizes an aesthetics that transcends boundaries and liberates the individual. An important and compelling work, Framing Anna Karenina is essential reading for scholars and students of Russian and Victorian literature, particularly those interested in feminist approaches to nineteenth-century novels.



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