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The Resource The woman in the window : commerce, consensual fantasy, and the quest for masculine virtue in the Russian novel, Russell Scott Valentino

The woman in the window : commerce, consensual fantasy, and the quest for masculine virtue in the Russian novel, Russell Scott Valentino

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The woman in the window : commerce, consensual fantasy, and the quest for masculine virtue in the Russian novel
Title
The woman in the window
Title remainder
commerce, consensual fantasy, and the quest for masculine virtue in the Russian novel
Statement of responsibility
Russell Scott Valentino
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In The Woman in the Window: Commerce, Consensual Fantasy, and the Quest for Masculine Virtue in the Russian Novel, Russell Scott Valentino offers pioneering new insights into the historical construction of virtue and its relation to the rapidly shifting economic context in modern Russia. This study illustrates how the traditional virtue ethic, grounded in property-based conceptions of masculine heroism, was eventually displaced by a new commercial ethic that rested upon consensual fantasy. The new economic world destabilized traditional Russian notions of virtue and posed a central question that Russian authors have struggled to answer since the early nineteenth century: How could a self-interested commercial man be incorporated into the Russian context as a socially valuable masculine character? With chapters on Gogol, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky as well as Pasternak and Nabokov, The Woman in the Window argues that Russian authors worked through this question via their depictions of "mixed-up men." Such characters, according to Valentino, reveal that in a world where social reality and personal identity depend on consensual fantasies, the old masculine figure loses its grounding and can easily drift away. Valentino charts a range of masculine character types thrown off stride by the new commercially inflected world: those who embrace blind confidence, those who are split with doubt or guilt, and those who look for an ideal of steadfastness and purity to keep afloat<U+0127> �a woman in a window.--
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1962-
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Valentino, Russell Scott
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
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  • Russian fiction
  • Russian fiction
  • Masculinity in literature
  • Virtue in literature
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The woman in the window : commerce, consensual fantasy, and the quest for masculine virtue in the Russian novel, Russell Scott Valentino
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, filmography (pages 149-159) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: In search of (Russian) virtue -- Three modern characters : the double, the con man, and the woman in the window -- The commercial ethic in Gogol's Dead souls -- In search of the virtuous man : minor readings -- Lara, Lolita, and other things that start with L -- Conclusion: DeLillo's Cosmopolis and the end of an idiom
Control code
FIEb17614351
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 170 pages
Isbn
9780814212677
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)890814093
Label
The woman in the window : commerce, consensual fantasy, and the quest for masculine virtue in the Russian novel, Russell Scott Valentino
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references, filmography (pages 149-159) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introduction: In search of (Russian) virtue -- Three modern characters : the double, the con man, and the woman in the window -- The commercial ethic in Gogol's Dead souls -- In search of the virtuous man : minor readings -- Lara, Lolita, and other things that start with L -- Conclusion: DeLillo's Cosmopolis and the end of an idiom
Control code
FIEb17614351
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 170 pages
Isbn
9780814212677
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)890814093

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