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The Jewish Persona in the European ImaginationA Case of Russian Literature$
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Leonid Livak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770552

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770552.001.0001

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Ivan Turgenev's Crime and Punishment

Ivan Turgenev's Crime and Punishment

(p.177) Twelve Ivan Turgenev's Crime and Punishment
The Jewish Persona in the European Imagination
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This chapter analyzes the depiction of crime and punishment in Ivan Turgenev's “Zhid.” It suggests that Turgenev was able to handle his racy subject by assigning blame to the greedy and immoral “Jews” while making a compassionate Christian the functional savior of the girl who was taken into prostitution by his father. The chapter argues that Turgenev disregarded evidence of the systematic assistance which the Russian army received from Polish and Lithuanian Jews opposed to Napoleon on ideological grounds when he made his “Jews” side with the French. It also mentions that this story was clearly based on Nikolai Gogol's “Taras Bul'ba.”

Keywords:   Zhid, Ivan Turgenev, immoral Jews, compassionate Christian, crime, punishment, Nikolai Gogol, Taras Bul'ba

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