A "Labyrinth of Linkages" in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina
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|The renowned Russian writer Leo Tolstoy created a realistic masterpiece
in "Anna Karenina" (1878). In the same work, moreover,
he utilized allegory and symbol to an extent and at a level of sophistication
unknown in his other works. In Browning's study, the
author identifies and analyzes previously unnoticed or only briefly
mentioned "linkages and keystones" found in two highly developed
clusters of symbols, arising from Anna's momentous train ride and
peasant nightmares, and of allegories, rooted in Vronsky's disastrous
steeplechase. Within a labyrinth of symbol, allegory, and structural
patterning lies embedded much of the novel's most significant meaning.
This study will be of particular interest to students and scholars
of Russian literature, Tolstoy, symbol, allegory, structuralism, and