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Introduction to Russian Thought: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

An exploration of the literary, philosophical and cultural legacy of Fyodor Dostoevsky through The Brothers Karamazov. We will enjoy the literary, philosophical and cultural legacy of Fyodor Dostoevsky through The Brothers Karamazov. We will enjoy the literary mastery of Dostoevsky’s last novel, considered by many a masterpiece of world literature, while relying on topics and themes in the concept of religious faith in the world of injustice and suffering, and other “eternal questions.” The best text to read is the original Russian; we will be using English translations and our discussions will be conducted in English. Those who are able to read in Russian are encouraged to do so.

 
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Course Details

  • The course will meet for 8 sessions starting Tuesday, February 5th and continuing through April 2nd. All sessions meet from 6:30-8:00pm. A syllabus is available here.

  • The course will cost $100, covering a copy of The Brothers Karamazov along with dinner at each of the sessions. Scholarships are available, please contact director@aaicambridge.org for more information.

WHo should apply?

  • The course is open to students and young professionals, and will be capped at a seminar size of ten participants.

How can I apply?

  • All interested individuals can apply with the link at the bottom of the page. The applications consists of a few short questions, one academic reference, and a writing sample of up to 2,000 words.

  • Applications are due on January 22nd, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by January 29th.

  • APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED, course is in session.

Led by Dr. Konstantin Starikov of Boston University

Dr. Starikov is an academic librarian and instructor of Russian at Boston University. A poet and an independent scholar, Dr. Starikov did his graduate work in Slavic Studies and Literature at Brown, Yale, and the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of Dr. Pranas A. Sveikauskas Award in Recognition of an Outstanding Dissertation The Poetic Riddle in Eighteenth-Century Russia (2016).

If you are interested in attending this course, we ask that you apply with the link below: