Monday, June 6, 2016
Literary critic and frequent LRB reviewer Michael Wood writes about Robert L. Belknap's Plots(Columbia University Press, 2016) in the May 5, 2016, issue of the London Review of Books:
"...the formulation [of fabula and siuzhet] allows [Belknap] to read Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment as both lurid and subtle at the same tie, a feat not too many critics have achieved. Raskolnikov is not living a double life; he is caught up in two incompatible plots, the one he has devised for himself, and the one Dostoevsky has devised for the reader. Or more techincially:
'the siuzhet programs the reader's experience to track the hero's experience in the fabula.' ...This is a magnum opus with no pretensions to greatness or even to the status of a ponderous work; but one that does represent imaginative reading and thinking done over a considerable period of time."
Columbia University Press, 2016