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    Vassar College
  Nov 22, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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RUSS 142 - Dostoevsky and Psychology (in English)

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
Fyodor Dostoevsky was an avid student of the human mind, with particular interest in aberrant and self-destructive behavior.  He drew on his observations of people from all strata of society and his four-year-long prison experience to endow his characters with fascinating psychological depth. After Dostoevsky’s death, his works have been cited by Freud, existentialist philosophers and others to support theories of their own. This course focuses on a number of works in which Dostoevsky’s depiction of psychological issues is particularly crucial to the central message he attempts to convey. Readings include three of the major novels (Crime and Punishment, The Devils, and The Brothers Karamazov) as well as a number of Dostoevsky’s shorter works. This course entails detailed examinations of the texts and discussion of how Dostoevsky’s works relate to current psychological issues and problems. Farida Tcherkassova (a); Charles Arndt, III (b).

All readings and discussion are in English.

Two 75-minute periods.

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