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Marriage, Love, and Time in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina

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This article, by a specialist in Russian literature, suggests ways in which researchers on marriage and the family might learn from great realist novels. It explores differences between the humanities and social sciences, the need for a historical perspective on marriage, the role of temporality in love and family, the different kinds of sexual love, the nature of “prosaics,” the importance of the ordinary, and the Russian Writers' conception of evil. A detailed analysis of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina illustrates how great literature can shed light on love, marriage, and family.

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