RUSS-479 Narrative & Memory: Dostoevsky's Murders
Offered academic year 2014-2015
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.)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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