Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Tolstoy On WarNarrative Art and Historical Truth in “War and Peace”$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rick McPeak and Donna Tussing Orwin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448980

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448980.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM Cornell University Press SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Cornell University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in Cornell for personal use (for details see www.cornell.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy/privacy-policy-and-legal-notice).date: 16 October 2018

Symposium of Quotations

Symposium of Quotations

Wit and Other Short Genres in War and Peace

Chapter:
(p.74) 5 Symposium of Quotations
Source:
Tolstoy On War
Author(s):

Gary Saul Morson

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448980.003.0006

This chapter examines literary expressions of the kind of intelligence that were valued and scorned in War and Peace. These “wise sayings” and different exercises of the mind are encapsulated in various small genres represented liberally in the book. As a realist, Leo Tolstoy's genre focuses on the citizens, whose sacrifice is demanded, and on the values for which that sacrifice is made. The speaker summons each person to rise above personal needs and think of the people as a whole. He does so himself, and so he must avoid above all vain displays of his own cleverness or rhetorical skill. The chapter's discussion allows us to see why, on philosophical grounds, a writer might be drawn to one genre rather than another and why, in the course of their history, genres may develop arguments with each other.

Keywords:   literary expressions, War and Peace, wise sayings, Leo Tolstoy, sacrifice, literary genre

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.