Nos BookRags | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Ann Shukman

This literature criticism consists of approximately 27 pages of analysis & critique of Nos BookRags.
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Critical Essay by Ann Shukman

SOURCE: Shukman, Ann. “Gogol's ‘The Nose’ or the Devil in the Works.” In Nikolay Gogol: Text and Context, edited by Jane Grayson and Faith Wigzell, pp. 64–82. London: Macmillan, 1989.

In the following essay, Shukman asserts that a valid interpretation of “The Nose” must take into account that which is excluded from the narrative through various omissions, digressions, and ellipses.

If ‘The Nose’ had been written in French or English, or if, on the other hand, post-structuralism had taken root in Moscow and Leningrad, Gogol's tale might well have become a proof text for deconstructive exegesis. Constructed on a pun, replete with paradoxes, illogicalities, games and mystifications with the reader, the tale is ‘unreadable’ in the sense that it resists any single definitive reading or ‘univocal...

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