Reading Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov

Short Course

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“The awful thing is that beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there and the battlefield is the heart of man…”

The Brothers Karamazov is one of Fyodor Dostoevsky's most famous novels. Using elements drawn from the genre of crime fiction, he creates a compelling story. However, the greatness of the novel is found in its philosophical questioning. The reader is much more likley to be struck by the unanswered existential and ontological questions the novel raises than by any suspense drawn in the search for the killer.

We will take a multi-faceted look at The Brothers Karamazov. We will navigate our way through this work with five lectures and a virtual "live" visit to the Dostoevsky Museum in St. Petersburg.

This course is equally valuable to students looking to supplement current Russian language and/or literature studies as it is to educators and life-long learners.

Russian language add-on: Those with suitable Russian language ability may opt in for two additional meetings to read and discuss sections of the text in Russian. $25, minimum of two participants required.
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Literature, Russian Language

"I'm loving the course so far; the lectures, especially last week's on "psychologism", have been fascinating. Marina has been bringing in Russian literary critics, and pulling out significant Russian words in the novel that I completely missed reading it in translation - so I feel like I'm getting all this new insight into the novel." – Jessica Murray, Student, University of Western Australia