RUSS 305
Dostoevsky and the Meaning of Life Fall 2024
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 305

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This course surveys the works of the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, whose oeuvre represents a life-long quest to uncover the meaning of life. Readings include Dostoevsky’s major novels, Crime and Punishment, Demons, and The Brothers Karamazov, as well as several shorter works, including Notes from Underground. We will also examine Dostoevsky’s journalism, so that we understand how he answers life’s most troubling questions in the social and political context of his day, as well as what role artistic representation plays in these answers. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 40
Expected: 15
Class#: 1242
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: willingness and ability to complete lengthy reading assignments, active class participation, two short papers, and final project
Prerequisites: none, open to all students
Enrollment Preferences: Russian and Comp Lit majors, as well as those seeking the Russian Certificate
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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