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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Anastasia Cerchez
Leo Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina” in the Context of Victorian Novel
2016
The topic of the graduation thesis is “Leo Tolstoy's “Anna Karenina” in the Context of Victorian Novel”.

The graduation thesis contains: pages - 66, tables - 5. During the work were used 87 sources.

Keywords: Leo Tolsoty, George Eliot, Mrs. Henry Wood, "Anna Karenina", "East Lynne", "Middlemarch", Victorian novel, "women's question"

The thesis investigates influence of Victorian literary tradition on Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina". It is focused on two very much different novels of the 1860s——1870s: the famous "Middlemarch" by Goerge Eliot, an inevitable part of English classical literature, and "East Lynne" by Mrs Henry Wood, a moralistic book which have nearly become a fact of mass culture history. In terms of fabula "Anna Karenina" is closer to "East Lynne": Tolstoy must have adopted many of her motives (the fatal railway, heroine's passionate love for her son etc). The connection between "Anna Karenina" and "Middlemarch", yet less obvious, seems to be stronger and deeper: both novels are based on "double-fabula" structure and discuss similar social and philosofical ideas. Thus "Anna Karenina" may be comared both with "high" ("Middlemarch") and "low" ("East Lynne") Victorian literature, and its influence on Tolstoy is diverse and various.

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