Designing Dead Souls

Designing Dead Souls

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This work presents an integral and inclusive explanatory model for the elusive narrative strategies of Gogol's Dead Souls. In the process, it draws larger conclusions about Gogol's creative methods and aesthetic concerns. Throughout his career, Gogol manifests two seemingly contradictory urges: the urge toward order, system, clarity and wholeness, and the urge toward disorder, disruption, obscurity and fragmentation. The author seeks to make a system, an anatomy, of Gogol's impulses toward disorder and disruption in Dead Souls in all their various and distinctive aspects. In anatomizing Gogolian disorder, she explores the mythology of creativity and lying in Gogol; his (at least literary) fear of the family; the relation between the uses of obscurity in Dead Souls and the poetry of Russian Sentimentalism, especially Zhukovskis; Dead Souls as parable; and the mutually subversive relation between action and non-action in Gogol.Cf. the 1778 Essay on the Laying Out of Gardens (Opyt o raspolozhenii sadov): aquot; Oppositions often uncover beauties ... of smellaquot;) in the essay on the Middle Ages, Gogol cites Zhukovskii as a precedent: aquot;I cannot change the word chuta#39;e at all.

Title:Designing Dead Souls
Author: Susanne Fusso
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 1993-01-01

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