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Dostoevsky's Democracy
Nancy Ruttenburg

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
The Image of the Beast 1
The Ne To and the "Democrat" 6
The Ne To, the Writer, and the People 21

PART I: Building Out the House of the Dead 29
1. "Why Is This Man Alive?": The Unconsummated Conversion 31
2. The Disarticulation of the Autobiographical Self 41
3. Opposites That Do Not Attract (The Bezdna and Poetic Truth) and Opposites That Do (Estrangement and Conversion) 50
4. The Dostoevskian "As If": Self-Deception in Autobiography 61
5. The Narrator's Eclipse 72
6. Dostoevsky's Poetics of Conviction 82

PART II: Building Out the House of the Dead 91
1. The Chronotope of Katorga 93
2. Exception, Equality, Emancipation 96
3. Ontological Ambiguity in the Space of Exception: Katorga as Medium 105
4. The Ontology of Crime: Testimony/Confession 115
5. The Flesh of the Political 140
The Grammar of Katorga 141
Corporeality and Intercorporeality in Katorga 153
Dostoevsky's Democratic Aesthetic 160
Conclusion 170
The Russian People, This Unriddled Sphinx 170
Carmen Horrendum 170
Bookishness, Literacy, and Becoming Democratic 176
Where Have All the Peasants Gone? 183

Notes 197
Bibliography 251
Index 263

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