Dostoevsky and the Problem of Evil: The Brothers Karamazov (RES-215-01)

Jouvet set design for Copeau's production of The Brothers Karamazov (1922)

Louis Jouvet set design for Copeau's production of The Brothers Karamazov (1922)

Instructor: Peter Scotto

Taught in English

Perhaps no other novelist has delved as deeply into the psychological and metaphysical dimensions of evil as the Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. This course will be devoted to a close reading of Dostoevsky's landmark novel of murderous passion and parricide, The Brothers Karamazov. Why should crime and transgression be a privileged avenue of access into the human interior? How is psychology tied to the metaphysical aspect of human existence? What are the sources of evil--and redemption?