The Fight Against the French Revolution: Dostoevsky as a Political Thinker

The Fight Against the French Revolution: Dostoevsky as a Political Thinker , 8-9 (2007 [2010]-2008 [2010]), 1-24. lORDI MORILLAS (Hanlburg, Germany) The victory of the Allied Forces over fascist European regimes in 1945 did not only bring about the imposition and cOl1solidation of liberal democracies tl1foughout the West, but also set a new COllrse of study in academic fields, thus breaking away from the recent past. This can be seen, for example, in the fractllre which takes place in Nietzsche studies, a fracture which also becomes apparent in the research carried out around the figure of the Russian writer al1d thinker, Fyodor Mik11ailovich Dostoevsky. With the intention of depoliticizing writers who, in one way or another, had served as political sustenance for fascist ideologies, literary scholarship focused on new perspectives of the works of fiction, ignoring or leaving unsaid the more problematic. aspects of a writer's legacy. Thus, for example, Dostoevsky studies relegated to the background the political· reactionary facet within Dostoevsky's worldview, and focused on the philological, theological and ethical matters which arise within the body of his work. 1 It is for tllis reason that there are relatively few contemporary studies which deal with Dostoevsky's political thought in a systematic way, thus openly discussing not only his http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review Brill

The Fight Against the French Revolution: Dostoevsky as a Political Thinker

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Brill
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© Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1535-5314
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2375-2122
DOI
10.1163/23752122-00801001
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, 8-9 (2007 [2010]-2008 [2010]), 1-24. lORDI MORILLAS (Hanlburg, Germany) The victory of the Allied Forces over fascist European regimes in 1945 did not only bring about the imposition and cOl1solidation of liberal democracies tl1foughout the West, but also set a new COllrse of study in academic fields, thus breaking away from the recent past. This can be seen, for example, in the fractllre which takes place in Nietzsche studies, a fracture which also becomes apparent in the research carried out around the figure of the Russian writer al1d thinker, Fyodor Mik11ailovich Dostoevsky. With the intention of depoliticizing writers who, in one way or another, had served as political sustenance for fascist ideologies, literary scholarship focused on new perspectives of the works of fiction, ignoring or leaving unsaid the more problematic. aspects of a writer's legacy. Thus, for example, Dostoevsky studies relegated to the background the political· reactionary facet within Dostoevsky's worldview, and focused on the philological, theological and ethical matters which arise within the body of his work. 1 It is for tllis reason that there are relatively few contemporary studies which deal with Dostoevsky's political thought in a systematic way, thus openly discussing not only his

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Published: Jan 1, 2010

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