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Dostoyevsky: Life and Works

We will examine Dostoyevsky’s life and his masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov, but will also glance at synopses of earlier works (Poor People, The Double, Notes from Underground, The Insulted and Humiliated, The Gambler, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons). Dostoyevsky, said Einstein, explored “the mystery of spiritual existence.” For Nietzsche he was “the only psychologist … from whom I had something to learn.” Virginia Woolf said, “Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading.” Freud called The Brothers Karamazov “the most significant novel ever written.” But Dostoyevsky’s insights came at a cost, from painful encounters with poverty, failed relationships and child neglect, compulsive gambling and guilt, often evoking fragmented protagonists.
We will also view selected scenes from film versions of several novels.

Instructor Bio:

Mr. Reid, educated at Yale and UVA (PhD ’71), is retired from Emory & Henry College where he was H. C. Stuart Professor of English and English Deptartment chair. He has published many articles and two books on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, and received several teaching awards. Having taught Russian literature many times, he is eager to tackle Dostoyevsky in more depth. He looks forward to exchanging ideas with others attracted to this great writer.

Recommended Reading:

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov, 1880. Optional: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Either The Idiot, 1869; or Demons (The Possessed), 1872.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B11 Robert Reid Apr 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. OLLI Conference Room WL

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