The Resource The image of Christ in Russian literature : Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak, John Givens

The image of Christ in Russian literature : Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak, John Givens

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The image of Christ in Russian literature : Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak
Title
The image of Christ in Russian literature
Title remainder
Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak
Statement of responsibility
John Givens
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Vladimir Nabokov complained about the number of Dostoevsky's characters "sinning their way to Jesus." In truth, Christ is an elusive figure not only in Dostoevsky's novels, but in Russian literature as a whole. The rise of the historical critical method of biblical criticism in the nineteenth century and the growth of secularism it stimulated made an earnest affirmation of Jesus in literature highly problematic. If they affirmed Jesus too directly, writers paradoxically risked diminishing him, either by deploying faith explanations that no longer persuade in an age of skepticism or by reducing Christ to a mere argument in an ideological dispute. The writers at the heart of this study understood that to reimage Christ for their age, they had to make him known through indirect, even negative ways, lest what they say about him be mistaken for cliche, doctrine, or naive apologetics. The Christology of Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Boris Pasternak is thus apophatic because they deploy negative formulations (saying what God is not) in their writings about Jesus. Professions of atheism in Dostoevsky and Tolstoy's non-divine Jesus are but separate negative paths toward truer discernment of Christ. This first study in English of the image of Christ in Russian literature highlights the importance of apophaticism as a theological practice and a literary method in understanding the Russian Christ. It also emphasizes the importance of skepticism in Russian literary attitudes toward Jesus on the part of writers whose private crucibles of doubt produced some of the most provocative and enduring images of Christ in world literature."--Back cover
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YDX
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1962-
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Givens, John
Dewey number
891.73009/351
Index
index present
LC call number
PG2990.J47
LC item number
G58 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jesus Christ
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
  • Tolstoy, Aleksey Konstantinovich
  • Bulgakov, Mikhail
  • Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich
  • Tolstoy, Aleksey Konstantinovich
  • Pasternak, Boris Leonidovich
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
  • Bulgakov, Mikhail
  • Jesus Christ
  • Bulgakov, Michail
  • Dostoevskij, Fëdor Michajlovič
  • Pasternak, Boris Leonidovič
  • Tolstoj, Lev Nikolaevič
  • Russian literature
  • Literature
  • Russian literature
  • Christusdarstellung
  • Literatur
  • Russisch
Label
The image of Christ in Russian literature : Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak, John Givens
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-268) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The image of Christ and Russian literature -- The century of unbelief -- Christ outside the truth -- A narrow escape into faith -- Loving those who hate you -- "Can this be faith?" -- The century of belief -- "Keep in mind that Jesus did exist" -- "Emphatically human, deliberately provincial" -- Post-Stalin and postmodern Christs
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Isbn
9780875807799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1007312037
  • (OCoLC)on1007312037
Label
The image of Christ in Russian literature : Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Pasternak, John Givens
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The image of Christ and Russian literature -- The century of unbelief -- Christ outside the truth -- A narrow escape into faith -- Loving those who hate you -- "Can this be faith?" -- The century of belief -- "Keep in mind that Jesus did exist" -- "Emphatically human, deliberately provincial" -- Post-Stalin and postmodern Christs
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 272 pages
Isbn
9780875807799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1007312037
  • (OCoLC)on1007312037

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