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Intertext as Exoskeleton: the Case of Mme. du Barry and 'La dame aux camelias' in The Idiot

Olga Meerson. "Intertext as Exoskeleton: the Case of Mme. du Barry and ’La dame aux camelias’ in The Idiot." Dostoevskij i mirovaia kul’tura / Dostoevsky and World Culture 23 (2007): 85-106.

The intertexts of the Mme. du Barry story and the younger Dumas' 'La dame aux camelias' provide a Bakhtinian insight into the internal perspectives of two characters--Lebedev and Nastasya Filippovna--on their own predicaments as characters in Dostoevsky's The Idiot. Only by taking these perspectives into consideration--as opposed to giving the sole priority to Prince Myshkin's vision of characters and events--can the reader see what Dostoevsky is arguing as the architect of the novel, as opposed to his authorial narrator. His authorial insight and purview transpire as much broader than his narrator's, and quite unexpectedly so.

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