This paper examines literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin's assertion that Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a polyphonic novelist and examines the importance of the literary double in a polyphonic novel. Specifically, the paper deals with the traditional theories regarding the female double in 3 of his major works: The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov, and Crime and Punishment .
Ultimately, the paper concludes that Dostoyevsky's female doubles defy and refute the stereotypical representations of the female double as Femme Fatale or Fair Maiden through his portrayal s of complex and realistic women.
Burton, Michael, "The Femme Fatale and Fair Maiden in Dostoyevsky" (2006). Honors College Theses. 34.
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