Crime as Punishment: Ecclesiastical and Judicial Intersections in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27 
12:30-2:20 p.m.
Lindquist Center, Room 301
240 S. Madison St., Iowa City
Registration Deadline: August 30
Class Limit: 90

The year 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Crime and Punishment. We will read and discuss the novel and learn about the life of author Feodor Dostoevsky and his notions of criminality, doubt, suffering, and spirituality. We will also consider the time period and the political and ideological discussions that informed Russia’s public life during the 1860s. The course will be one of several related events, including the public reading of the novel (October 4 – 6), screenings of Crime and Punishment adaptations (September 22 and 29), and a panel discussion (October 6)–all in collaboration with the annual UNESCO City of Literature Book Festival.

INSTRUCTOR: Anna Barker is an adjunct assistant professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the UI. Her interests include translation, 19th-century European and American literature, and Russian cultural history. Previously, she has organized several literary celebrations including the public readings of Anna KareninaWar and PeaceDon Quixote, and other works.


The above course is offered by The University of Iowa Senior College. The course page is shown below.