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This course offers a comprehensive survey of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s literary and intellectual legacy. We will read his major works including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, Demons, The Brothers Karamazov and a selection of celebrated short works. Close textual analysis will be accompanied by a discussion of aesthetic, philosophical, and psychological aspects of Dostoevsky’s oeuvre. The problem of the self-other relationship in the artistic, philosophical and religious contexts of Russia and Western Europe is one of the key themes that we will trace in this course. More broadly we will look into the problems of the modern individual and modernity in the times of Dostoevsky as well as in our times. All readings are in English translation.
Format: seminar; This will be a hybrid course for in-person and remote students. We will meet in small groups (4-5 students) once a week synchronously (in-person with students who are on campus, and via zoom with students who are enrolled remotely) and will have variety of asynchronous activities (viewing short lectures, writing reading responses, participating in written and video discussion forums)
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
Participation, reading responses in the form of blog posts, three short papers, final project
none, open to all students
RUSS and COMP majors, and Russian Certificate-seekers
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: