Monk: duelling confession within the novel

Neil Cornwell

in Odoevsky's Four Pathways into Modern Fiction

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082092
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702062 | DOI:
Monk: duelling confession within the novel

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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

Chapter.  13709 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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