RUSS 305 Fall 2014 Dostoevsky and His Age

Cross Listed as COMP305
This course examines the life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky in the context of Western intellectual history. Readings include Dostoevsky's highly influential novella Notes from Underground, his first major novel Crime and Punishment, and his masterpiece The Brother Karamazov. Over the course of the semester, we will discuss Dostoevsky's age and society, examining the larger trends and problems reflected in his works: the slums of St. Petersburg with their prostitutes, beggars, and moneylenders; widespread demands for social and political reform; psychological, philosophical, and religious debate. All readings will be in English.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: ability to complete lengthy reading assignments, class participation, three short papers, and final synthetic assignment
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: INST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1241
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RUSS 305 - 01 (F) LEC Dostoevsky and His Age Division 1: Languages and the Arts Julie A. Cassiday
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Greylock Makepeace 1241
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