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The Asian Threat in Europe: Topical Connections between the Serial Novels Anna Karenina and Effi Briest

The Asian Threat in Europe: Topical Connections between the Serial Novels Anna Karenina and Effi... l ee r o Bert S e Th Asian Threat in Europe Topical Connections between the Serial Novels Anna Karenina and Effi Briest Scholars have drawn parallels between Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1875–77) and e Th odor Fontane’s Effi Briest (1894–95) that cover such aspects as the circum- stances under which two unhappy marriages formed (Stern), the manner in which the civil service drives the plots of both novels (Zimmermann), and the signifi- cance of children in novels of adultery (Overton). Such comparisons have provided insights into thematic similarities, but they have tended to focus on the two works published as single volumes rather than on their original form as serial novels in the journals Russkij Věstnik” (e Th Russian Herald) and the Deutsche Rundschau. Consequently, it has been dic ffi ult to discern another striking commonality: Anna Karenina was published during the build-u p to the Russo-T urkish War (1877–78) and Effi Briest during the Sino- Japanese War (1894–95). Moreover, both were linked to debates taking place in the various articles published alongside them on con- temporary cultural and political issues. While neither novel directly referenced the articles in their respective journals, both meshed topically with reports that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Asian Threat in Europe: Topical Connections between the Serial Novels Anna Karenina and Effi Briest

The Comparatist , Volume 35 – Jun 15, 2011

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Abstract

l ee r o Bert S e Th Asian Threat in Europe Topical Connections between the Serial Novels Anna Karenina and Effi Briest Scholars have drawn parallels between Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1875–77) and e Th odor Fontane’s Effi Briest (1894–95) that cover such aspects as the circum- stances under which two unhappy marriages formed (Stern), the manner in which the civil service drives the plots of both novels (Zimmermann), and the signifi- cance of children in novels of adultery (Overton). Such comparisons have provided insights into thematic similarities, but they have tended to focus on the two works published as single volumes rather than on their original form as serial novels in the journals Russkij Věstnik” (e Th Russian Herald) and the Deutsche Rundschau. Consequently, it has been dic ffi ult to discern another striking commonality: Anna Karenina was published during the build-u p to the Russo-T urkish War (1877–78) and Effi Briest during the Sino- Japanese War (1894–95). Moreover, both were linked to debates taking place in the various articles published alongside them on con- temporary cultural and political issues. While neither novel directly referenced the articles in their respective journals, both meshed topically with reports that

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Published: Jun 15, 2011

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