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An unnecessary man : the life of Apollon Grigorʹev

Author: Wayne Dowler
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians have turned to their past to discover alternative intellectual traditions to those of revolution and socialism. In the mid-1800s, Apollon Grigorev, one of the most influential literary critics and thinkers of nineteenth-century Russia, was at the forefront of the conservative anti-revolutionary movement. Deemed, as he himself ironically observed, 'unnecessary' within  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dowler, Wayne, 1945-
Unnecessary man.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1995
(OCoLC)604157449
Named Person: Apollon Aleksandrovich Grigorʹev; Apollon Grigorév; Apollon Aleksandrovich Grigorʹev; Apollon Aleksandrovich Grigorʹev; Apollon A Grigor·ev
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne Dowler
ISBN: 0802007120 9780802007124
OCLC Number: 32090199
Description: 286 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Wayne Dowler.

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With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russians have turned to their past to discover alternative intellectual traditions to those of revolution and socialism. In the mid-1800s, Apollon Grigorev, one of the most influential literary critics and thinkers of nineteenth-century Russia, was at the forefront of the conservative anti-revolutionary movement. Deemed, as he himself ironically observed, 'unnecessary' within the radical climate of his own day, and obscured by a century of anti-conservative suppression, Grigorev's ideas are only now coming to light. Troubled by the growing inclination of radicals towards social engineering and the notion of infinite progress, Grigorev proposed the alternative of organic development. Drawing on the idealist philosophy of Schelling, he stressed the primacy of life over theory, of the concrete over the abstract, and of the ethical over the social. He maintained that the ideal was not directly accessible, but rather expressed in the arts of particular nations and peoples. In a rare departure from the polarized politics of his day, he urged the organic development of Russia through a gradual merging of opposing elements. As a literary critic, he exerted considerable influence on the era's most prominent writers, serving as chief critic on Dostoevsky's journals, Time and Epoch, and helping to shape those ideas that we now see as profoundly Dostoevskian. This is the first English-language biography of Grigorev and one of the few works in English on the Russian conservative tradition. In addition to treating his subject's life and work, Dowler summarizes Grigorev's major critical articles, thereby providing a comprehensive introduction to this important thinker.

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