ARTICLE: The Influence of Greek Patristic Doctrines in ‘The Dream of a Ridiculous Man’

31 December, 2016


An article published in Spanish by Mundo Eslavo (Slavic World) the Russian Studies Journal of the University of Granada.

Mundo Eslavo is an international double-blind peer reviewed, open-access journal which aims to publish original and significant scientific contributions in the area of Slavic studies. The Journal is published annually since 2002 and accepts research, interpretations, review essays on Slavic studies, and reviews of recently published books.

Сон смешного человека’ (‘Son smeshnogo chelovieka’), translated into English as The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, is a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky written in 1877, four years before the death of the writer. This is the last short story by Dostoyevsky, and his penultimate non-fiction work, the last one being the novel The Brothers Karamazov. It represents thus one of his more mature texts, in relation to the expressed content, narrative style and symbolism, which detail Dostoyevsky’s philosophy at its most orthodox and purest state, addressing the reader in the form of a fictional character and detailing his ideology and doctrine so as to popularize it, and thus denounce the customs and modes of radical thought that, according to Dostoyevsky, began to threaten the old values in Russian society in the late nineteenth century.

The article may be read at Mundo Eslavo here. You may also read the PDF at my Academia.edu page here or download it from my site here.