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Course Catalog 2018-2019 
Course Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 495 - Dostoevsky’s Russia

Semester Offered: Second Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4SS, CD, WADV

This course explores Russian history through the lens of Fedor Dostoevsky’s life and work. In this lifetime (1821-1881), the writer witnessed great political reform and revolutionary agitation, terrorism and political assassination, occultism and scientific positivism, mass migration and urban growth. And these events informed Dostoevsky’s novels, short stories, and his life more broadly. In this course, we shall read Dostoevsky selectively and examine recent historical work on 19th-century Russia. We shall focus specifically on intelligentsia debates, revolutionary circles, mass incarceration, political exile, mental illness, urban environments, and the sex trade. In short, this course explores the history of Dostoevsky’s Russia.

Enrollment Limit: 15
Instructor: C. Stolarski

Consent of the Instructor Required: Yes

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