Iconic representations in Dostoevsky's post-Siberian fiction

Plenum Publishing
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The transforming potential of iconic beauty is vital to a full understanding and appreciation of the writer’s works and religious philosophy. This study therefore aims to develop and affirm the theological and artistic importance of the concept of transformation through Dostoevsky’s characterisation and narrative in the post-Siberian works by examining the role and function of the spiritual beauty manifested through icons. The research provides the basis for a deeper understanding of the function of transformative beauty in Dostoevsky’s works during an important period of his creative output and contributes to a reviving interest in the conceptualisation of beauty within a theological and literary framework.


Works incorporated in the analysis include A Gentle Creature, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Devils and The Brothers Karamazov.

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About the author

 Dr Katalin Gaal was born in Budapest, Hungary and moved to Australia at the age of 12. From a young age she has had a love of reading and books. 

She completed her Honours thesis on Henry Lawson entitled The loneliness of the bush: an aesthetic textual study of selected short stories by Henry Lawson in 1997 . She went on  to complete her PhD in 2013 at the University of Queensland focusing on an exploration of Dostoevsky's post-Siberian fiction and the role of iconic beauty in selected works. She  is also an accredited professional translator between Hungarian and English.

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Plenum Publishing
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Published on
Mar 26, 2015
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Foreign Language Study / Serbian & Croatian
Literary Collections / General
Literary Criticism / Comparative Literature
Religion / Biblical Reference / Language Study
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