Liza Knapp offers a fresh approach to understanding Tolstoy's construction of his novel Anna Karenina and how he creates patterns of meaning. Her analysis draws on works that were critical to his understanding of the interconnectedness of human lives, including The Scarlet Letter, Middlemarch, and Blaise Pascal's Pensées. Knapp concludes with a tour-de-force reading of Mrs. Dalloway as Virginia Woolf's response to Tolstoy's treatment of Anna Karenina and others.
About the Author
Liza Knapp is a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages at Columbia University. She is the author of The Annihilation of Inertia: Dostoevsky and Metaphysics, the editor of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot": A Critical Companion, and the coeditor of Approaches to Teaching Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina."
"An invaluable contribution to Tolstoy studies and the theory of the novel." —Elizabeth Cheresh Allen, Bryn Mawr College
"Knapp's keen eye for prodding out books that play off one another illuminates not only the multiplot novel in its various guises, but the adultery novel as Tolstoy reinvented it, where sexual transgression is forced to serve the quest for God and faith. A mind-expanding book." —Caryl Emerson, Princeton University