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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Fall 2007

EUS 361 • Crime/Punishment & Cz Writer-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37080 MWF
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
PAR 210
Cravens, C

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 Dostoevsky_s 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%

Texts

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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