The Idiot | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Dennis Patrick Slattery

This literature criticism consists of approximately 33 pages of analysis & critique of The Idiot.
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Critical Essay by Dennis Patrick Slattery

SOURCE: Slattery, Dennis Patrick. “Seized by the Muse: Dostoevsky's Convulsive Poetics in The Idiot.Literature and Medicine 18, no. 1 (1999): 60-81.

In the following essay, Slattery surveys the impact that Dostoevsky's epilepsy had on his literary career, particularly as seen in The Idiot.

Few of us are not in some way infirm, or even diseased; and our very infirmities help us unexpectedly.

William James1

With few exceptions critics who undertake to explore the effects of Fyodor Dostoevsky's epilepsy on his writing life will often pass through the territory marked by Sigmund Freud in his clinical observations outlined in “Dostoevsky and Parricide.”2 Freud's analytic reading was for years taken as the definitive authority on family violence. In that essay Freud argues (wrongly, subsequent critics have almost unanimously agreed) that...

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