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Debating Detectives: The Influence of Publitsistika on Nineteenth-Century Russian Crime Fiction

Claire Whitehead
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 107, No. 1 (January 2012), pp. 230-258
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.107.1.0230
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.107.1.0230
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Abstract

This article examines the relationship between publitsistika of the 1860s and Russian crime fiction of 1860–80. It argues that consideration of articles and opinions published in polemical journalism of the period can lead to a more nuanced understanding of the depiction of institutions, scenarios, and characters in literary fictional accounts of crime. It suggests that the characteristics of fictional examining magistrates and of jury trials in literary works respond to the content of non-fictional debates. The article refers to writers such as N. P. Timofeev, N. M. Sokolovskii, P. I. Stepanov, S. A. Panov, F. M. Dostoevskii, and A. A. Shkliarevskii.

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