REE 325 • Major Works Of Dostoevsky - W
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
"So great is the worth of Dostoevsky that to have produced him is sufficient justification for the existence of the Russian people in the world." Nicholas Berdiaev.
This course is an examination of homicide, suicide, patricide, and redemption through a study of the psychological novels of Fyodor Mikhalovich Dostoevsky. His influence on modern Western culture and civilization was enormous. Reading his works is one way to understand the many writers and thinkers who learned from him. In-class discussions will be supplemented by lectures and readings that explore contemporary ideas and trends relevant to Dostoevsky's creative career.
7 page essay 20% Rewrite 15% 5-7 page essay 20% Mid-term 10% Final 10% Weekly critiques 15% Attendance 5%
You are expected to attend class meetings regularly, participate actively in discussions, do all assigned readings, and prepare written assignments. Occasionally you will be asked to give informal presentations on assigned topics either individually or in groups.
Notes from the Underground, ed. & tr. Michael Katz, Crime and Punishment, tr. Larissa Volkhonsky & Richard Pevear, Demons, tr. Larissa Volkhonsky & Richard Pevear The Brothers Karamozov, tr. Larissa Volkhonsky & Richard Pevear