Thursday, 30 May 2019

Dostoevsky as Performer Essay -- Russian Literature Christianity Relig

Dostoevsky as PerformerStorytelling and watching aloud played a valuable part in young Fyodors life, influencing his own later successful writing endeavors as well as his performance of literature. His nanny and wet nurse introduced the Dostoevsky children to folklore and lives of the saints by means of the stories they told. Nanny Alyona Frolovna told the children stories of ancient Russia, of Saint Sergey of Moscow subduing a bear by the power of his holiness, of heroes and legends and folk tales, Christianity and Russian myth intertwined the stories were so vivid and frightening that the children had derange sleeping (Gunn 10). During the winter their former wet nurses would make a ceremonial visit to the Dostoevsky family, staying two or three days and spending the afternoons telling stories. much(prenominal) is the power of the spoken word that these women, according to Leonid Grossman, awakened the boys interest in the oral poetry of his people and at the same time fostere d the development of that exquisite language--freeflowing, emotionally charged, profoundly Russian and memorably expressive--in which, in time, his worldfamous books would be written (10). Joseph Frank attributes these storytellers tales of the saints with feeding Dostoevskys unshakable conviction that the soul of the Russian peasant was imbued with the Christian ethos of love and selfsacrifice (1976, 49). The Dostoevsky children were also entertained and educated with oral readings by their parents, especially during the long evenings of the Russian winter. As the family gathered in the parlor, the physician father would read aloud before dinner when he was not occupied with his patients, and the children often went to sleep with the sound of one of th... ...Indianapolis and New York BobbsMerrill, 1975. Gunn, Judith. Dostoyevsky Dreamer and Prophet. Oxford Lion, 1990. Hingley, Ronald. Dostoyevsky His Life and Work. London capital of Minnesota Elek, 1978. Kjetsaa, Geir. Fyodor Dos toyevsky, A Writers Life. Trans. Siri Hustvedt and David McDuff. New York Viking, 1987. Levin, Iurii. Dostoevskii and Shakespeare. Dostoevskii and Britain. Ed. W.J. Leatherbarrow. Oxford and Providence, RI Berg, 1995. 3981. Magarshack, David. Dostoevsky. New York Harcourt, Brace, & World, 1963. Miller, Robin Feuer. Dostoevskii and the Tale of Terror. Dostoevskii and Britain. Ed. W.J. Leatherbarrow. Oxford and Providence, RI Berg, 1995. 13958. Mochulsky, Konstantin. Dostoevsky His Life and Work. Trans. Michael A. Minihan. Princeton, NJ Princeton UP, 1967. Seduro, Vladimir. Dostoyevski in Russian Literary Criticism

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