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2021 / Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Literary and philosophical contexts (200th birthday and 140th death anniversary)

2021 / Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Literary and philosophical contexts (200th birthday and 140th death anniversary)

Tekstualia issue No. 4 (67) 2021

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born in 1821. He lived 60 years. He died in 1861. On the occasion of the double anniversary of 2021, the editors of Tekstualia would like to invite researchers representing various disciplines to share thoughts on the oeuvre and life of this ingenious and extremely influential artist. Such an initiative, of course, is not a novelty. Discussion on Dostoyevsky, his “cursed problems”, as well as his writing technique and philosophy has been undertaken constantly ‒ basically since the first texts of this literary giant emerged. However, as Franz Kafka ‒ one of Dostoyevsky’s brilliant literary “debtors” ‒ wrote, “with an iron bone containing the noblest marrow, one can only deal with by collective biting with all the teeth of all dogs together”. Mutatis mutandis: only a consistent research effort, undertaken incessantly for numerous years, has a chance to meet the challenge posed by Dostoevsky's works mighty corpus, with all its literary craft and nuances of thought. The ambition of this issue of Tekstualia is to step in and join this research effort that has been going on for decades.

The leitmotif of the planned issue will be the literary and philosophical contexts of Dostoyevsky's work, and therefore sets of references that are necessary or useful when trying to reflect on his literary work. Thus, the other important figures of this volume may become such authors and thinkers as: Nikolai Gogol, Mikhail Lermontov, Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, Arthur Schopenhauer, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Immanuel Kant, as well as philosophical supporters of the idea of ​​socialism or Christian mystics.

On the other hand, it is impossible to ignore the power of Dostoyevsky himself to influence the writers and thinkers who came to write after him. Thus, in this issue, the study of the philosophical and literary contexts of his work are accompanied by inquiries into the achievements of writers and thinkers, for whom ‒ as is the case of the previously quoted Franz Kafka ‒ the body of work of Dostoyevsky constitutes an important interpretative context. These include: Thomas Mann, Friedrich Nietzsche, Vladimir Solovyov, Lev Shestov, Vasily Rozanov, Nikolai Berdyaev, Albert Camus.

We also provide space for thorough reflection on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's interest in existential philosophy and its groundbreaking prominence (along with the legacy of Søren Kierkegaard) for the foundation of existentialism.

The issue is produced in cooperation with various specialists, including researchers from Charles University in Prague, Central European Research Institute of Søren Kierkegaard and the 9th CERI Søren Kierkegaard 2021 conference in Ljubljana.

Managing editors: Dr hab. Żaneta Nalewajk-Turecka, Marcin Czardybon

Deadline for article submissions: September 15, 2021

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