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

Fall 2007

E 322 • Major Works of Dostoevsky

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35730 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
szb 380

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 of the session we will read three of Dostoevsky's most important works--Notes From the Underground, Crime and Punishment and finally The Brothers Karamazov. Contemporary intellectual and social trends, as well as the political realities relevant to the development of Dostoevsky's career as a writer and thinker will be included as the necessary background for understanding Dostoevsky's career. In addition, we will view several film adaptations of these works. Classes will consist of lecture and discussion.

Grading Policy

5-7 page essay 20%
Rewrite 15%
5-7 page essay 20%
Mid term 10%
Final 15%
Weekly critiques 15%
Attendance 5%


Notes From 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


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