Lecture 2: Jets Sets with Oblonsky and Levin

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(Audio file HERE) AK concerns marriage.  This lecture provides an overview about marriage in the book.  Russia’s marriage system is confused, with three interlocking visions of marriage at issue.  The old ways where the family is in charge of matchmaking (the French way) or where a matchmaker is in charge (the Russian way) are on the wane, while […]

Lecture 1: Tolstoy’s Regime Analysis.

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Book 1.1-3.  Tolstoy relays aspects of Aristotle’s political science, in that it shows Russia is undergoing a regime change from something like an aristocracy to a democracy.  Both Tolstoy and Dostoevsky see Russia becoming more modern as well, so they are analyzing whether modernity is consistent with human thriving.  The analysis of AK, the characters and families in […]