ONLINE CLASS: The Brothers Karamazov: Faith, Doubt, and Modernity (2290) - SOLD OUT

One Monday and Five Wednesdays bi-weekly: first class starts Monday, October 3 (moved in observance of Yom Kippur), 19; November 2, 16, 30, December 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

Price: 
$190 per person (10% off for members)

SOLD OUT

Class time will be split between lecture and discussion.

Published mere months before his death in 1881, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov has enjoyed more than a century of renown. Praised by personalities as diverse as James Joyce, Josef Stalin, and Akira Kurosawa, the novel’s prophetic urgency and critique of modernity remain relevant well into the twenty-first century. In this seminar, we will read the novel closely and consider it from a variety of angles—as the final great Russian novel of the nineteenth century, as a passionate but flawed defense of tradition, as a sophisticated literary experiment exploring multiple genres, as a grim portent of twentieth century violence, and as an enduring influence on literature. In addition, we’ll touch on more modern critical lenses, and examine the novel’s relationship to gender, economic inequality, and nationalism.

Reading Schedule:

10/3 Part I, Book One to Book Three, Chapter 5 (Class topics will include an introduction to the world of the novel, the Russian nineteenth century, and setting)

10/19 Part I, Book Three, Chapter 6 to Part II, Book Five, Chapter 6 (Class topics will include modernity, and the novel’s relationship to social and economic theories of the day)

11/2 Part II, Book Five, Chapter 7 to Part III, Book Eight, Chapter 5 (Class topics will include faith, the novel’s relationship to women, and genre)

11/16 Part III, Book Eight, Chapter 6 to Part III, Book Nine, Chapter 9 (Class topics will include crime, the individual’s relationship to the state, and Bakhtin’s theory of dialogism)

11/30 Part IV, Book Ten, Chapter 1 to Part IV, Book Eleven, Chapter 8 (Class topics will include childhood and family)

12/14 Part IV, Book Eleven, Chapter 9 to End (Class topics will include the novel’s legacy, a redux of Dostoevsky’s perspective on modernity, as well as any loose ends)
 

One Monday and Five Wednesdays bi-weekly: October 3 (moved in observance of Yom Kippur), 19; November 2, 16, 30, December 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Online

Required Reading:

Instructor prefers the use of this text for class.

The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. (9781250788450)

Sean Blink received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale University in 2022. His dissertation studied the relationship of modern literature about the Soviet-Afghan War to the Russian canonical tradition. Currently self-employed in writing and publishing, he’s taught extensively on a range of topics, including nineteenth century Russian literature, Vladimir Nabokov, and depictions of the Cold War in literature and film.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Brothers Karamazov (Bicentennial Edition): A Novel in Four Parts With Epilogue By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250788450
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Published: Picador - October 5th, 2021