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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 322 • The Major Works of Dostoevsky

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35167 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CAL 422

Course Description

This course explores the dilemmas of homicide, suicide, patricide and redemption in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky--Russia's greatest chronicler of human suffering and triumph. Over the course we will immerse ourselves in three of Dostoevsky's most important works--Notes From the Underground, Crime and Punishment and finally The Brothers Karamazov. At the same time we will look at the contemporary intellectual and social trends, as well as the political realities relevant to the development of Dostoevsky's career as a writer and thinker. In addition, we will view several film adaptations of these works. Classes will consist of lecture and discussion.

Grading Policy

2 short essays (3 pgs) 30%
Long Essay (10 pgs) 40%
In-Class Presentation 10%
Quizzes/Informed Participation in Class Discussion 20%

NOTE: Course essays are an opportunity for you to explore in greater depth the issues raised in lectures and class discussions. They DO NOT require you to do extensive outside/secondary research. First and foremost, they should be based on an informed and creative reading of the texts in question. If you are interested in finding out more about Dostoevsky on the internet, I suggest that you go to the following site:

Quizzes: Throughout the semester there will be approximately 4-5 in-class quizzes in a BRIEF in-class essay format.


Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes From Underground, tr. Michael Katz (Norton Critical Edition)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volkhonsky
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volkhonsky
Coursepack (available at SPEEDWAY in DOBIE MALL)


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