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COMP 305
Dostoevsky: The Riddle of the Self and the Other Fall 2020
Division I
Cross-listed RUSS 305 / COMP 305

Class Details

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.
The Class: 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)
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 2414
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation, reading responses in the form of blog posts, three short papers, final project
Prerequisites: none, open to all students
Enrollment Preferences: RUSS and COMP majors, and Russian Certificate-seekers
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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