Economies of Feeling: Russian Literature under Nicholas I by Jillian Porter

By Jillian Porter

Economies of Feeling bargains new causes for the fantastical plots of mad or blocked ambition that set the nineteenth-century Russian prose culture in movement. Jillian Porter compares the conceptual historical past of social ambition in post-Napoleonic France and post-Decembrist Russia and argues that the dissonance among overseas and family understandings of this fiscal ardour formed the literature of Nicholas I’s reign (1825 —1855).


Porter indicates how, for Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Faddei Bulgarin, ambition turned a staging flooring for experiments with transnational literary alternate. In its encounters with the distinguished Russian cultural price of hospitality and the age-old vice of miserliness, ambition looks either well timed and anachronistic, suspiciously overseas and disturbingly Russian—it demanding situations readers to question the equivalence of neighborhood and imported phrases, emotions, and forms.


Economies of Feeling examines founding texts of nineteenth-century Russian prose along nonliterary fabrics from which they drew energy—from French medical diagnoses of “ambitious monomania” to many of the varieties of foreign money that proliferated below Nicholas I. It therefore contributes clean and engaging insights into Russian characters’ impulses to achieve rank and to squander, counterfeit, and hoard. Porter’s interdisciplinary method will entice students of comparative in addition to Russian literature.


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