"Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy" - Susanne Fusso

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM (ET)
Wasch Center for Retired Faculty Wasch Center Butterfield Room
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Steele, Jessica A.

  My talk, "Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy: Mikhail Katkov and the Great Russian Novel," is based on my forthcoming book with the same title, which is described below.

Fathers and Sons
by Turgenev, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, and Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky are a few of the great works of Russian prose that first appeared in the Russian Herald, a journal founded and edited by Mikhail Katkov. Yet because of his conservative politics and intrusive editing practices, Katkov has been either ignored or demonized by scholars in both Russia and the West. In Putin’s Russia, he is now being hailed as the “savior of the fatherland” due to his aggressive Russian nationalism. In Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, Susanne Fusso examines Katkov’s literary career without vilification or canonization, focusing on the ways in which his nationalism fueled his drive to create a canon of Russian literature and support its recognition around the world.

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