RUSS 305
Dostoevsky: Navigating Through the Underground Fall 2018
Division I
Cross-listed RUSS 305 / COMP 305
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In this course, students will acquaint themselves with Dostoevsky’s oeuvre–from his early masterpieces to his artistic testament, The Brothers Karamazov. The key concept through which we will approach Dostoevsky’s various writings will be the underground–a powerful metaphor of spiritual decay, angst, resentment, and rebellion against the whole of creation shared by many Dostoevsky characters, from the anonymous protagonist of Notes from Underground, to Raskolnikov (Crime and Punishment), to all the brothers Karamazov. Inheriting Dostoevsky’s own existential doubts, his major characters strive to find an exit from their various “undergrounds,” some with and some without success. What are the philosophical, psychological, and artistic foundations of the underground? How does one end up there in Dostoevsky’s view? And what is the way out? These are just a few of the questions to be answered as we explore the primary genius of Russian literature. All readings are in English.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 1826
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and participation in discussion, one 1-page writing assignment, two research papers, digital project, final project (paper)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: RUSS and COMP majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RUSS 305 Division I COMP 305 Division I

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