For Humanity's Sake: The Bildungsroman in Russian Culture by Lina Steiner

By Lina Steiner

For Humanity's Sake is the 1st learn in English to track the family tree of the vintage Russian novel, from Pushkin to Tolstoy to Dostoevsky. Lina Steiner demonstrates how those writers' shared main issue for person and nationwide schooling performed an incredible position in forging a Russian cultural identity.

For Humanity's Sake highlights the position of the critic Apollon Grigor'ev, who was once first to formulate the variation among West eu and Russian conceptions of nationwide schooling or Bildung — which he attributed to Russia's distinctive sociopolitical stipulations, geographic breadth, and cultural heterogeneity. Steiner additionally indicates how Grigor'ev's cultural imaginative and prescient served because the catalyst for the inventive explosion that produced Russia's most renowned novels of the 1860s and 1870s.

Positing the vintage Russian novel as an heir of the Enlightenment's key values — together with humanity, self-perfection, and cross-cultural conversation — For Humanity's Sake bargains a different view of Russian highbrow historical past and literature.

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