Katherine Bowers deposited Plotting the ending: generic expectation and the uncanny epilogue of Crime and Punishment on MLA Commons 2 years, 9 months ago
This article examines the epilogue of Dostoevskii’s novel Crime and Punishment from the perspective of genre and generic expectation. Considering two generic plots that appear in the novel, the detective plot and the redemption narrative, the author argues that the imagined reader’s generic expectation is both satisfied and thwarted in each case. The author introduces the idea of “generic stasis” to refer to Raskol’nikov’s situation vis-à-vis generic plot in each plot trajectory of the epilogue. In upsetting generic expectation, this state of generic stasis creates an opening that enables the novel’s ending to occur. In this sense, the article argues for the utility of the epilogue’s generic hybridity in resisting narrative pre-determination.