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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Fall 2006

REE 325 • Crime & Punishment and the Czech Writers - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46370 MWF
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
HRH 3.102A

Course Description

Fyodor Mikhail Dostoevsky is the single most influential novelist of all time, and Crime and Punishment is his greatest work. His particular, morbid genius has both fascinated and repelled authors from Vladimir Nabokov to Milan Kundera to Woody Allen. This course will examine the influence of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment on the writers of a small Central European nation not normally known for its seriousness. We will compare Dostoevskys novel to those of Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Karel Capek, and a host of other Czech writers in an attempt to come to an understanding of Dostoevsky and Czech culture.

Grading Policy

3 6-8 page papers 75% 2 exams 20% Weekly critiques and participation 5%


F.M. Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment Franz Kafka, The Trial Karel Capek, Hordubal, Meteor, An Ordinary Life, Tales from Two Pockets, Wayside Crosses Milan Kundera, The Farewell Waltz Vladimir Paral, Lovers & Murderers Ludvik Vaculik, The Guinea Pigs Ladislav Fuks, The Cremator, The Axe Shakespeare, Hamlet


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