Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” is considered a classic Russian novel that lays bare the inequities of Russian feudal society. But a contemporary critic takes a dim view. In a tongue-in-cheek critique, Todd Gitlin takes Tolstoy to task for what he sees as Tolstoy’s projection of his arrogant phallocentric fantasies into the eponymous female character.
- A book that purports to describe the world from the point of view of a woman — even as actual women everywhere are, in practice, erased.
- The appropriated experience of a subordinate group, liquidating her actual experience to capitalize on your own privilege and exalt your own reputation.
- It is a wonder, in fact, that Sophia herself has not jumped under a train.
“Although your book is praised for laying bare the inequities of the Russian feudal system, a closer reading shows that you refuse to imagine any alternative to that system.”