Stuchebrukhov, Olga A. Books
Dr. Olga Stuchebrukhov is Assistant Professor in the Department of German and Russian at the University of California at Davis. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Stuchebrukhov has recently published some articles on Dickens, Dostoevsky, and comparative literature.2007 0-7734-5478-0
This book contributes greatly to the study of two important authors from the 19th century, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Charles Dickens, and in looking at these two, is an important work in comparative literary scholarship. Traditionally, studies of Dostoevsky and Dickens have focused on the problems of character and genre. Acknowledging the radically different national traditions that influenced Dostoevsky’s and Dickens’ novels, such studies failed to make a serious attempt to define this difference or to place it within the proper historical context. The historical significance of “national” is usually overlooked. In the 19th century, reference to “National” is highly charged with special meaning since many nations as we know them now appeared during this period and so nationalism was a major influence both in the political and literary arenas of the time. This study examines the impact of nationalism on the content and form of Dostoevsky’s and Dickens’ novels, The Devils
and The Bleak House
, and journalism. In so doing, it attempts to show what makes the works of the two men so similar, yet so very different.