Queer Tolstoy: A Psychobiography (Hardcover)

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Queer Tolstoy is a multidimensional work combining psychoanalysis, political history, LGBTQ+ studies, sexology, ethics, and theology to explore the life and art of Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy.

Using a psychobiographical framework, Sethness Castro uncovers profoundly queer dimensions in Tolstoy's life experiences and art. Deftly contributing to the progressive and radical analysis of gender and sexuality, this book examines how Tolstoy's erotic dissidence informed his anarchist politics, anti-militarist ideals, and voluminous literary production. Sethness Castro analyzes the influence of Buddha, Socrates, Jesus, Cervantes, Rousseau, Kant, Herzen, Proudhon, Chernyshevsky, and his mother Marya Volkonskaya on the artist's writings. Furthermore, he details Tolstoy's emblematic linking of LGBTQ+ desire with moral and erotic self-determination and resistance to Tsarist despotism--especially in War and Peace.

This book is vital reading for those interested in the intersection of literature, psychoanalysis, queer studies, and Russian history.

Chapter 2 of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.taylorfrancis.com. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

About the Author

Javier Sethness Castro is a primary-care provider, and the author and editor of four other volumes on a range of topics, from critical theory and social ecology to the work of Herbert Marcuse and Praxedis G. Guerrero.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781032358505
ISBN-10: 1032358505
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: February 16th, 2023
Pages: 258
Language: English