Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov

RUSS 322
Sketch of Dostoevsky

RUSS 322 Spring 2020
Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
Professor Harriet Murav
CRN 49171, TR 2-3:20

Dostoevsky’s Russia was beset by violent terrorism, political and economic uncertainty. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881), one of the world’s greatest authors, grappled with the major questions of the modern era. Politics and religious and ethnic tension are explicit themes of his works. He was a political radical as a young man, sentenced to death for crimes against the government, but was reprieved. He suffered epileptic seizures during which he experienced mystical ecstasy. The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky’s last novel. If there is no God, is everything permitted? For Fall 2020, this class will meet online.

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