Boris Eikhenbaum's Unfinished Work on Tolstoy: A Dialogue with Soviet History

@article{Any1990BorisEU,
  title={Boris Eikhenbaum's Unfinished Work on Tolstoy: A Dialogue with Soviet History},
  author={Carol Any},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  year={1990},
  volume={105},
  pages={233 - 244}
}
  • Carol Any
  • Published 1 March 1990
  • Art
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
The Russian formalist and Tolstoy scholar Boris Eikhenbaum is best known for his work in developing an intrinsic poetics. After his formalist period, however, Eikhenbaum turned, in his work on Tolstoy, to extrinsic approaches, initially privileging author and reader and later focusing on social context. This essay argues that Eikhenbaum's choice of particular extrinsic approaches was suggested, indirectly and unexpectedly, by Soviet political culture in the Stalin years. An examination of the… 
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