Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov:

Life, Self and God

Fall 2008

Six consecutive Tuesdays, 10-12 pm

Instructor: Svitlana Kobets, PhD, LMS

Acclaimed as one of the most insightful, ingenious and influential writers of modernity, Fedor Dostoevsky contributed to the world’s classics four masterworks that employ the engaging plots of murder novels as they contemplate eternal questions of human existence. Join us and explore two of these celebrated masterpieces, Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. Our discussions of these novels’ major themes—selfhood, faith, love, family, society and ethics—will be accompanied by background lectures that set Dostoevsky’s works in the context of Russian and world history, literature and culture. We will employ a variety of presentations, video images and handouts.



Fedor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, transl. by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Fedor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, transl. by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Additional Readings


Discussion schedule:


October 14, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Parts 1, 2, 3

October 21, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Parts 4, 5, 6

October 28, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, Epilogue

          THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, Part 1, Books 1-6

November 4, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, Part 2, Book 6

November 11, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, Part 3, Books 7-9

November 18, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, Part 4, Books 10-12, epilogue

                        DREAM OF A RIDICULOUS MAN (short story)


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