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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



Types of publications

  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 70 × 100 1/16
  • Pages: 864 p.
  • Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
  • Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
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  • Language of the publication: Russian
  • Type of document: Collection of articles
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  • ISBN: 978-5-9208-0677-2
  • Year of publication: 2022
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Ex. editor: Tatyana A. Kasatkina
  • Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent: Current State of Research. Editor-in-Chief T.A. Kasatkina. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022. 864 p.

About editor-in-Chief:

Tatiana A. Kasatkina, DSc in Philology, Director of Research, Head of the Research Centre “Dostoevsky and World Culture”, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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The third book in the series Dostoevsky’s Novels: Current State of Research is dedicated to the novel The Adolescent and it is published in collaboration with scholars from different countries; the first book was devoted to the novel The Idiot (Moscow, Naslediye Publ., 2001), the second to the novel The Brothers Karamazov (Moscow, Nauka Publ., 2007). The book analyses the problems of a personality experiencing the process of formation, and the narrative structure of the novel that enables the author to express his complex philosophical and theological ideas through the speech of the adolescent hero; it explores the relationship of drafts to the published text, the system of allusions, reminiscences, direct and latent quotations which introduces sacred, literary, pictorial, and musical texts of European and Russian culture in Dostoevsky’s text; it provides an analysis of different performances of the novel, etc. Analytical reviews of research on the novel in the 20th and 21st centuries in Russia and abroad are published. The book is meant for readers who love Dostoevsky, as well as philologists, philosophers, and theologians.

Keywords: Dostoevsky, The Adolescence, poetics, hermeneutics, textual criticism, reception, research reviews, quotation, reminiscence, Book of Job, history of the House of David, Gnosticism, Rothschild, Goethe, Dickens, Voltaire, Heine, Gounod.



Preface (Tatiana Kasatkina



Tatiana Kasatkina.
Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

The “Idea” of the Hero and the Idea of the Author

Two Images of the Sun 

Punctuation as an Artistic Tecnique: “Only Opening Quotation Marks” 

The Icon in Words at the End of the Novel 

The Image of Versilov from the Point of View of Emotional and Value Orientations

The Book of Job in the Novel: Pointless Sufferings and Theodicy 

“Where Does He Live?”: The Question about the Abode of God in the Novel

Tatiana Magaril-Il’iaeva. Voltaire’s Comedy The Prodigal Son in Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

Inna Gazheva. “I Don’t Like Sunsets”: The Semantics of the Symbol of the Sunset in Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

Elena Stepanyan-Rumyantseva. The Adolescent: A Novel of Vision 

Olga Meerson. The Adolescent as a Sentimental Education 

Yuri Corrigan. Arkady the Deathless (Dostoevsky on the External Soul) 

Maria Candida Ghidini. Confession and Writing in Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

Tatyana Kovalevskaya. Money and Personality. Notes from the House of the DeadThe Gambler, The Adolescent 

Nikolay Podosokorsky. The Legend of Rothschild as the “Napoleon of Finance” in Dostoevsky’s Works 

Tatiana Boborykina. No Longer an Adolescent, Not Yet a Prince

Anastasia Gacheva. “Restoring the Kinship”: The Novel The Adolescent as a Prologue to the Dialogue Between Nikolay Fedorov and Fyodor Dostoevsky 

Olga Bogdanova.
The Problem of Beauty and Female Characters in Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

“Living Life” 

“Last Angel” 

Marina Shalina. On the Question of “Living Life” in Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

Svetlana Kapustina. The Concept of “Besporyadok” (“Disorder”) in Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent

Tatyana Kovalevskaya. Charles Gounod’s Faust and Dostoevsky’s Artistic Principles 




Natalia Tarasova.
Textual Aspects of the Research on the Novel The Adolescent 

Dostoevsky’s Creative Diaries 

From Graphics to Biography and Art: A New Name in the Drafts for the Novel

Semantics and Ideography of Conventional Signs in the Drafts for the Novel 

Allusion and Reminiscence in the Drafts of the Novel: (Vasily Zhukovsky’s Elegy A Country Churchyard

The Image of the Sunset in the Novel: Dostoevsky and Dickens

Intermedial Links in the Novel: Icon — Painting — Church

The Faustian Scene in the Novel: Literary and Musical Aspects 

Viktor Dimitriev.
Children Stories in The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoevsky: from the Drafts to the Novel 

Once More on the Reason Why the Scene with Arisha Was Discarded The Story of the “Boy with the Bird” in the Making of the Novel 




Yulia Yukhnovich. The Theme of Lawyers in Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

Valentina Borisova, Sergey Shaulov. The Adolescent. Realia and Historical-Literary Commentary 




Liudmila Saraskina. Arkady Dolgoruky in Cinema and Theatre: Debut Decisions 




Olga Bogdanova.
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent in the Research of Russian Authors of the First Half of the 20th Century: An Analytical Review 

Reception of The Adolescent in 1900–1910s 

Reception of The Adolescent in 1920–1940s: General Overview 

Religious and Philosophical Reflection on The Adolescent in 1920–1940s

The Novel The Adolescent in the Studies on Dostoevsky’s Biography during 1920–1940s 

Psychoanalys and the Novel The Adolescent in 1920s

Poetics and Textual Criticism of The Adolescent in Research during 1920–1940s

a) History of the Research on the Manuscripts for The Adolescent 

b) Research on Poetics and Textual Criticism

of The Adolescent in USSR in 1920s

c) Russian Emigration on the Poetics of The Adolescent in 1920–1940s

d) Research on the Poetics of The Adolescent in USSR during 1930–1940s 


Tamara Kudryavtseva. The Novel The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoevsky: Academical and Critical Reflection in German-Speaking Countries (19th–21st Centuries) 

Caterina Corbella. The Italian Reception of Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent 

Valentina Borisova. Dostoevsky’s Novel The Adolescent in Contemporary Research 


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