Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-227
Catherine A. Ciepiela (Section 01)
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novels remain relevant to readers across the globe for their daring critique of modernity. A journalist himself, he took his material from the newspapers – stories of crime, corruption, poverty, addiction, terrorism, politics – and mined it for existential meaning. He also drew on his own difficult experience as a political prisoner who spent a decade in Siberia, an eternal debtor, and an incurable epileptic. In this course we will study Dostoevsky’s fiction and journalistic writings, alongside reactions to his work from international thinkers (Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche), writers (D.H. Lawrence, Richard Wright, David Foster Wallace) and filmmakers (Alexander Sokurov, Robert Bresson). We will begin with several early works (“Notes from Underground,” “The Double,” House of the Dead) whose concerns persist and develop in the novels that are the focus of the course: Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. All readings and discussions in English.
Fall semester. Professor Ciepiela.
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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: (e.g., emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, in-class quizzes or exams, artistic work, field work or trips, quantitative work, lab work, instruction in languages other than English, visual analysis, aural analysis)
Tu 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM WEBS 219
Th 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM WEBS 219
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
|Crime and Punishment||Publisher & Copyright:||same||Comment:||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Great Short Works of Dostoevsky||Publisher & Copyright:||same||Comment:||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The House of the Dead||Publisher & Copyright:||same||Comment:||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Winter Notes on Summer Impressions||Publisher & Copyright:||same||Comment:||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Brothers Karamazov||Publisher & Copyright:||same||Comment:||TBD|
|Diary of a Madman and Other Stories||Publisher & Copyright:||Nikolai Gogol||Comment:||Amherst Books||TBD|
These books are available locally at Amherst Books.