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

Fall 2007

RUS 360 • Major Works of Dostoevsky-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47180 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 DostoevskyRussia's greatest chronicler of human suffering and triumph. Over the course of the session we will read three of Dostoevskys most important worksNotes 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 Dostoevskys career as a writer and thinker will be included as the necessary background for understanding Dostoevskys career. In addition, we will view several film adaptations of these works. Classes will consist of lecture and discussion.

Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirment in writing. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Readings in translation may not be sued to filfill the foreign language requirement for any Bachelor's degree.

Grading Policy

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