COMP 305
Dostoevsky and His Age Fall 2014
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 305 / RUSS 305
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: none
Expected: 20
Class#: 1242
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: ability to complete lengthy reading assignments, class participation, three short papers, and final synthetic assignment
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 305 Division I RUSS 305 Division I
Attributes: INST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives

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