Spaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the Arts

Spaces of Creativity: Essays on Russian Literature and the Arts


Ksana Blank

Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History
ISBN: 9781618115409 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 200 pp.; 3 b&w illus.; 13 color illus.
Publication Date: October 2016


In the six essays of this book, Ksana Blank examines affinities among works of nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian literature and their connections to the visual arts and music. Blank demonstrates that the borders of authorial creativity are not stable and absolute, that talented artists often transcend the classifications and paradigms established by critics. Featured in the volume are works by Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Vladimir Nabokov, Daniil Kharms, Kazimir Malevich, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Ksana Blank is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. She is the author of Dostoevsky’s Dialectics and the Problem of Sin (2010).

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Sex, Crime, and Railroads in Dostoevsky’s Idiot and Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata
Chapter 2. “Horror—Red, White, and Square”: Abstract Images in Tolstoy
Chapter 3. Dobuzhinsky’s Farewell to Petersburg
Chapter 4. Praising the Name: The Religious Theme in Daniil Kharms
Chapter 5. Nabokov’s Nymphet and Pushkin’s Water-Nymph
Chapter 6. Captain Lebyadkin’s Poetry in Shostakovich and Dostoevsky