Raskolnikov’s Breaking the Law

Raskolnikov’s Breaking the Law In this article we analyse the Marxist interpretation of F. M. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Although Raskolnikov’s worldview may share some features with a socialist point of view, the hero of Dostoevsky’s first novel of ideas represents a complete ideological antithesis to Socialism. Thanks to a careful analysis of Raskolnikov’s utterances and with the help of Merezhkovsky’s reading of the novel, we conclude that if there is a Dostoevsky novel which resists a Socialist understanding, then this novel is Crime and Punishment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1535-5314
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2375-2122
DOI
10.1163/23752122-02001004
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Abstract

In this article we analyse the Marxist interpretation of F. M. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Although Raskolnikov’s worldview may share some features with a socialist point of view, the hero of Dostoevsky’s first novel of ideas represents a complete ideological antithesis to Socialism. Thanks to a careful analysis of Raskolnikov’s utterances and with the help of Merezhkovsky’s reading of the novel, we conclude that if there is a Dostoevsky novel which resists a Socialist understanding, then this novel is Crime and Punishment.

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The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature ReviewBrill

Published: Jun 19, 2019

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