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Odoevsky's Four Pathways into Modern FictionA Comparative Study$
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Neil Cornwell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780719082092

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719082092.001.0001

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Monk: duelling confession within the novel

Monk: duelling confession within the novel

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Odoevsky's Four Pathways into Modern Fiction

Neil Cornwell

Manchester University Press

This chapter notes Odoevsky's story The Witness as an important source for certain events in the autobiographical confession of the Elder Zosima in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. it also considers Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed. These three works contribute to a considerably wider ensuing discussion of the ‘confessional’ motif in modern fiction, going back to the Gothic period and extending into the present century.

Keywords:   Odoevsky, The Witness, autobiographical confession, Elder Zosima, The Brothers Karamazov, modern fiction, The Betrothed

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