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RUSS-479 Narrative & Memory: Dostoevsky's Murders
Offered academic year 2014-2015
Faculty:
  • Meerson, Olga
  • 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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