Dostoevsky: The Major Novels

Th 2:30PM - 5:25PM / 5203 Wesley W Posvar Hall /  CRN 30403

The course will be organized around a close textual examination of Dostoevsky's major novels, beginning with “Notes from Underground” (1864): Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868), Demons (1871-72), and The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80). Each text will be analyzed in the context of the cultural and intellectual debates that accompanied its reception in imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. Secondary readings will include representative essays by the social critics, formalists, Marxists, and semioticians. The course is open both to undergraduate students (as RUSS 1202) and graduate students (2306), with assignments (both supplementary readings and written work) adjusted for their level of preparation.


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Vladimir Padunov

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Category A: Text and Theory

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