Crime and Salvation: Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Tolstoy’s Resurrection

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Crime and Salvation

Fall 2018

Taught By: Inessa Medzhibovskaya

Section: A

CRN: 7392

Credits: 4

This course examines two novels from Russia’s greatest prose writers that are rarely studied together. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is generally regarded as his first great long novel (1866). Tolstoy’s Resurrection is his last finished long novel (1899) reassessed today as an important precursor of modernism. In these works, both authors are strongly in dialogue on a twin topic that makes the comparison of these two giant rivals so exciting—of literary criminology and salvation (promised at the open-ended end). Driven by money issues both novels were created under most peculiar circumstances that will be closely examined. Shockingly sincere and merciless in their portrayals, both works plumb the depths of the permissible: sexual exploitation and prostitution, urban poverty and crime, corrupt legal and penal systems, violence within families, child abuse, and indignities of the leisure class. All these are on panoramic display and close view at the backdrop of a seething revolutionary movement. In addition to surveying their shorter prose and essays on engaged art and spirituality, the course is dealing with interdisciplinary theoretical and historical problematic (criminology, social justice, and religious salvation). It includes a significant amount of literary criticism, critical theory, philosophy, and incorporates material in the theory and practice of adaptation through media/film.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:57pm 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 11:55am - 1:35pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 465

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/12/2018