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Dostoevskii and the Human: reading the post-Siberian novels through existential phenomenology

Siddiqi, Bilal; (2021) Dostoevskii and the Human: reading the post-Siberian novels through existential phenomenology. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Readers often intuit that Dostoevskii’s fiction is capable of revealing something fundamental about the human condition. This thesis provides a path to understanding how Dostoevskii’s mature fictional works encode some of the author’s key insights into human existence in literary form. These insights are represented in particularly intense, epiphanic experiences undergone by Dostoevskii’s characters during their narrative journeys. Characters appear to come into primordial contact with a variety of existentialia — necessary conditions for human experience — during epiphanies. In brief, I read the major post-Siberian novels as works of literary existential phenomenology. I make use of Heidegger’s existential phenomenological methodology in Being and Time to provide a framework for exploring and structuring Dostoevskii’s own form of religiously inclined, literary existentialism.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Dostoevskii and the Human: reading the post-Siberian novels through existential phenomenology
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10132641
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