REE 325 • Crime and Punishment Czech Style
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Fyodor Mikhail Dostoevsky is the single most influential novelist of all time, and Crime and Punishment 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 ?apek and a host of other Czech writers in an attempt to come to an understanding of Dostoevsky and Czech culture.
3 6-8-page papers, 20% each 2 exams, 10% each Critiques, 10% Participation, 5% Attendance, 5%
F.M. Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment Franz Kafka, The Trial Karel ?apek, Hordubal, Meteor, An Ordinary Life Tales from Two Pockets Wayside Crosses Milan Kundera, The Farewell Waltz Vladimir Páral, Lovers & Murderers Ludvík Vaculík, The Guinea Pigs Ladislav Fuks, The Cremator