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Fall 2017
Oct 19, 2017
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RUSS 479 - Dostoevsky's Taboos
How does Dostoevsky's narrative manipulate the reader's memory and sense of responsibility? Are we ourselves Dostoevskian murderers who have forgotten about the murders we committed? The four great murder novels--Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons, (a.k.a., in English, The Possessed), and The Brothers Karamazov--seem to offer an answer. Memory and forgetting implicate the reader--specifically, the ongoing dialogue between people's memories and the lapses thereof. The author uses this dialogue to encode/"program" the reader's memory and to "infect" him/her with various faults of the characters' memory. (Taught in English; satisfies the HUMW-II requirement.) 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Russian Department

Course Attributes:
College/Human. & Writing II

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