Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Columbia College Alumni Association
Join our Fall Mini-Core class to discuss this masterpiece over three Wednesday evening sessions in a class taught by Deborah Martinsen, adjunct associate professor of Slavic Studies and former director of the Core Curriculum. Like all great works of literature, The Brothers Karamazov transcends its local setting (Russia) and time (the 1860s) to tell a story that is both particular yet universal. A family novel that incorporates genres as diverse as murder mysteries, fairy tales, theodicy, legends, saints’ lives and juridical trials, Dostoevsky’s masterwork raises social, psychological and metaphysical issues: parents and children, justice and judgement, shame and guilt, memory and forgetting, unity and discord, good and evil, confession and forgiveness, faith and miracle, to name a few. Like Greek or Shakespearean drama, The Brothers Karamazov is full of scandal: one family’s story exposes the social ills racking an entire nation.
Each evening will run from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in a midtown location, to be confirmed upon registration. Wednesday, October 26, 2016: Epigraph, From the Author, Books 1-4 Wednesday, November 9, 2016: Books 5-8 Wednesday, November 30, 2016: Books 9-12 and Epilogue