The concept of the sublime and the Russian novel

Start - End 
2014 - 2017 (ongoing)



Miglena Dikova's postdoctoral research project, entitled "The Concept of the Sublime and the Russian Novel", aims to analyse the aesthetics of the Russian 19th century (e.g. Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" and Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov") and modern (1930s) novel through the perspective of Kant's and Lyotard's notions of the sublime. One of the main goals of the research project is to compare the attitudes to reality and reality construction in both philosophy and literature and to establish to what extent literary characters contribute to philosophy's struggle to justify and channel the embodiment of abstract concepts and ideas. Additionally, the quest for moral clarity and meaning as depicted in Tolstoy's and Dostoyevsky's work is especially close to the ethical and cultural aspects of the Kantian sublime.