Depicting the Divine
Mikhail Bulgakov and Thomas Mann

Olga G. Voronina

Studies In Comparative Literature 47

Legenda

23 April 2019  •  148pp

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Two of the iconic novels of the twentieth century, Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita (1928-40) and Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers (1933-43), each engage with religious themes in the face of militant, sometimes violent, cultural opposition: Soviet communism and Nazi anti-Semitism. They have divine characters, Jesus and Yahweh, and draw upon modern developments in biblical study, emphasising scripture as texts subject to literary criticism. Yet, as Voronina shows, Mann and Bulgakov employ a deliberately contradictory narrative strategy, de-mystifying and de-sacralising their divine protagonists but leaving the existence of the transcendent open. In this way, doubt becomes both a dramatisation of faith and a strategy for approaching the divine.

Olga G. Voronina received her PhD in Comparative Literature from University College London. She has taught at the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham, St Andrews, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London and University College Oxford.

Contents:

i-vi
Depicting the Divine: Depicting the Divine
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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x-x
Transliteration and Translations
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xi-xii
Preface
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1-15
Introduction
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Chapter 1 Fairy Tales About God
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37-50
Chapter 2 A Novel About Pontius Pilate
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51-68
Chapter 3 Reading Between the Lines
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69-88
Chapter 4 Inventing God
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89-105
Chapter 5 High Silence and Man’s Telling Word
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106-117
Chapter 6 Angelic Narrators and Pagan Deities
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118-122
Conclusion
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123-132
Bibliography
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133-136
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Voronina, Olga G., Depicting the Divine: Mikhail Bulgakov and Thomas Mann, Studies In Comparative Literature, 47 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Olga G. Voronina, Depicting the Divine: Mikhail Bulgakov and Thomas Mann, Studies In Comparative Literature, 47 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Voronina, p. 47.

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Voronina, Olga G.. 2019. Depicting the Divine: Mikhail Bulgakov and Thomas Mann, Studies In Comparative Literature, 47 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Voronina 2019: 21).

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