Reading Dostoevsky: The Brothers Karamazov

Short Course

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.
SRAS Alumni: Contact us for alumni discount and payment instructions.
Educational institutions: Contact us for group pricing.
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Lecture Topics

Russian Language Sessions

Technology and Scheduling

About Your Instructor

Transcripts and Credit Transfer

SRAS Learning Credits


Literature, Russian Language

Dates & Costs

Dates: 28 Feb 2021 - 25 Mar 2021
Enroll By: 21 Feb 2021
Cost: $149

Dates: 05 Apr 2021 - 29 Apr 2021
Enroll By: 29 Mar 2021
Cost: $149

“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…”