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Keith Livers

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Michigan

Associate Professor of Russian
Keith Livers

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C L 323 • Major Works Of Dostoevsky

34010 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm RLM 5.122
(also listed as CTI 345, E 322, EUS 347, REE 325, RUS 360 )
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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 semester we will read a number of Dostoevsky’s greatest works, including Notes From Underground, Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. At the same time, we will look at the contemporary intellectual and social trends relevant to the development of Dostoevsky’s career as a writer and thinker.

Required Texts:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes From Underground, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky

READINGS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY DATE INDICATED BELOW

Most classes will consist of both lecture and discussion.  Since part of the course grade is based on informed participation, it is imperative that you do ALL of the readings by the day in which they appear in the syllabus. 

СOURSE REQUIREMENTS:

 

            1. Regular attendance/participation

            2. Completion of required readings by date indicated in          syllabus

            3. Course work/Course Credit:

            3 essays (5-6 pages each): 70%   

            Participation: 20%

            4. Attendance: 10%

Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2010 REE 325/RUS 360 "The Major Works of Dostoevsky"

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.

Fall 2011 RUS 360/REE 325 "The Major Works of Dostoevsky"

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 semester we will read a number of Dostoevsky’s greatest works, including Notes From Underground, Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. At the same time, we will look at the contemporary intellectual and social trends relevant to the development of Dostoevsky’s career as a writer and thinker.

Fall 2011 RUS 324 "Third-Year Russian I"

Course Content: This is the fifth semester of Russian language instruction. Our goal in the course is do develop a working proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The textbook provides the student with a systematic review of Russian grammar and will be used as the basic skeleton of the course. It will be supplemented using authentic materials taken from the contemporary Russian media. The course is conducted in Russian. At the end of the year (after taking Russian 325), most students should have achieved a proficiency level of 2 on the ILR scale (comparable to Advanced on the ACTFL scale).

Grading. The components of the course grade and their relative weights are:

• Unit exams: 40%

• Daily homework assignments: 20%

• Class participation: 20%

• Cultural project: composition and oral presentation: 10%

• Oral proficiency exams (end-of-semester): 10%

There is no final in the course. Plus/minus grading will apply.

Please contact the instructor if you have any questions.

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