Hvem har skylden? – Kunsten og sanseligheten i Leo Tolstojs Kreutzersonaten
- Side: 69-82
- Publisert på Idunn: 2011-04-04
- Publisert: 2011-04-04
Who is to blame? Art and the senses in Lev Tolstoys The Kreutzer Sonata (1889)
Departing from a mapping of the aesthetic «regime» of late nineteenth century literary culture, this article interprets Lev Tolstoys The Kreutzer Sonata (1889) in relation to the Scandinavian «war» on sexual morality, pointing to similarities between Tolstoys work and August Strindbergs Le Plaidoyer dun Fou (1888). Both works are about the confession and self-defence of a man who tells the story of his marriage and the «war» between the sexes taking place within it. Both also blame the woman for the fatal conclusion: in Strindbergs case, the divorce, in Tolstoys, the husbands murder of his wife. Tolstoys work was meant to be a «counter narrative» to the liberal, sexual discourse dominating the literary field at the time, but inscribes itself into the same sexual discourse, although as a negative version where sexuality is an obsession connected to shame and guilt.