Keywords: Donna Orwin, I. S. Turgenev, L. N. Tolstoy, F. M. Dostoevsky, psychological realism, concepts of subjectivity, personality, self-consciousness.
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Gershkovich, T. “A New Edition of Donna Orwin’s Study of the Three Great ‘Psychological Realists’ of Russian Prose.” Dva veka russkoi klassiki, vol. 4, no. 4, 2022, pp. 276–287. (In English)

Author: Tatyana Gershkovich
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Tatyana Gershkovich, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of Russian Studies, Carnegie Mellon University 5000 Forbes Avenue, 15213 Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

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Received: September 11, 2022
Approved after reviewing: October 03, 2022
Published: December 25, 2022
Issue: 2022 Volume 4 No. 4
Department: Scientific Life
Pages: 276–287

UDK: 821.161.1.09"19"


Discusses the Russian-language edition of Donna Orwin’s book about Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, which came out this year with Academic Studies Press / Bibliorossika. The reviewer considers this book’s publication in Russian a significant scholarly contribution as well as an important reminder of the cultural entanglements among Russia, Europe, and North America. Orwin’s Consequences of Consciousness provides its readers with a comprehensive account of the cultural and philosophical circumstances that gave rise to Russian psychological realism, and offers innovative readings of key literary texts that demonstrate the dynamic dialogue among the three authors who established the genre.


Orvin, D. Sledstviia samoosoznaniia. Turgenev. Dostoevskii. Tolstoi [Consequences of Self-awareness. Turgenev. Dostoevsky. Tolstoy], trans. from English by A. G. Grodetskaya. St. Petersburg, Academic Studies Press, Bibliorossika Publ., 2022. 351 p. (In Russ.)

Orwin, D. T. Consequences of Consciousness: Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Stanford, California, Stanford University Press, 2007. 238 p. (In English)