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Border CrossingRussian Literature into Film$
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Alexander Burry and Frederick White

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474411424

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411424.001.0001

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The Eye-deology of Trauma: Killing Anna Karenina Softly

The Eye-deology of Trauma: Killing Anna Karenina Softly

(p.102) Chapter 5 The Eye-deology of Trauma: Killing Anna Karenina Softly
Border Crossing

Yuri Leving

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on depictions of the death of the heroine of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina in adaptations ranging from the silent film era to the present day. It argues that the various cinematic hypertexts have altered the way we view Anna’s suicide, the focal point of the novel for many readers, creating a new visual language to represent her death. Also discussed is a new cinematic hypertext, not present in the novel, but included by many of the filmmakers: Anna’s eye, which the author traces back to Dziga Vertov’s mechanized depiction of the human eye in Man with a Movie Camera. Such cinematic influences, along with the novel’s transportation to different times and countries in its adaptations, demonstrate that the novel has acquired a new vocabulary, in addition to that of Tolstoy’s novel.

Keywords:   death, eye, hypertext, suicide, Tolstoy, Vertov

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