Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
In this thesis I attempt to incorporate a misinterpreted and under-valued story, The Elagin Affair, into the standard canon of Ivan Bunin, the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. To do so, I analyze several unusual features of the story and connect them to Bunin's more conventional, better understood works. The main features of Elagin examined here are the style and texture of narration, the relationship between man and nature, and the Dostoevskian subtext of the story. Through each of these aspects of the work, I show that Elagin largely conforms to Bunin's canon in its characteristics and choice of themes but complements that canon through its unique formulations of these features, and it thus helps to form a more complete understanding of Bunin's artistic philosophy.