Literature Humanities with Deborah Martinsen SIPA'82, GSAS'90, Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian Literature

Getting Away with Murder

By the end of Part One, the protagonist of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment has committed a double murder, yet many readers want him to get away with it. Explore how Dostoevsky plunges readers into Raskolnikov’s fevered brain, makes us complicit in his escape and then converts protagonist and readers alike into ex-utilitarian nihilists.

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