The Haptic in Lev Tolstoi's "Anna Karenina" Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Chernysheva, Natalia
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
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  • This dissertation discusses Tolstoi’s representation of touch in "Anna Karenina," contextualizing it within the author’s moral vision and the interdisciplinary discourse on haptic perception in Western philosophical, literary, cultural, and artistic traditions. Through a close reading, this dissertation argues that Tolstoi’s representation of the characters’ haptic sensations and physical contact with one another are strongly informed by the writer’s anxieties over human physicality. In addition, by revealing a previously overlooked link between Tolstoi’s moral views and his characters’ physical experiences in "Anna Karenina," the dissertation points to the potential for fruitful haptic readings of Tolstoi’s other works.
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  • Delic, Irene
  • Pichova, Hana
  • Shvabrin, Stanislav
  • Putney, Christopher
  • Trop, Gabriel
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  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017
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