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Title:
Readings on Crime and punishment
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Maus, Derek C.
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San Diego : Greenhaven Press, 2000.
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202 pages ; 23 cm.
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English
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9780737702347

9780737702354
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Collected essays discuss Dostoyevsky's classic, a psychological analysis of a young student who rationalizes committing murder and then begins to experience horrible guilt over his actions.


Summary

Collected essays discuss Dostoyevsky's classic, a psychological analysis of a young student who rationalizes committing murder and then begins to experience horrible guilt over his actions.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. In this Literary Companions Series entry, one of literature's powerhouse novels gets a powerful treatment. Some chapters explore elements of the novel that easily lend themselves to supporting a research paper thesis. For instance, one chapter focuses on psychology, presenting insights into Dostoevsky's childhood and Raskolnikov's split personality. In another chapter, philosophical issues are extensively covered, offering a more global view of the novel's "unstable" setting and the impact of Divine Will on Raskolnikov. But for those readers who relish the novel, and for writers eager to understand the literary techniques that make it a classic, the chapter on composition and narration is not to be missed. Essays on Dostoevsky's struggle to achieve the perfect narrative voice and the often unexpected humor that emerges amid the dismal setting and morose events shed light on the brilliance of the writer's craft. A brief chronology of Dostoevsky's life and an elaborate bibliography append the text. --Roger Leslie


Booklist Review

Gr. 9^-12. In this Literary Companions Series entry, one of literature's powerhouse novels gets a powerful treatment. Some chapters explore elements of the novel that easily lend themselves to supporting a research paper thesis. For instance, one chapter focuses on psychology, presenting insights into Dostoevsky's childhood and Raskolnikov's split personality. In another chapter, philosophical issues are extensively covered, offering a more global view of the novel's "unstable" setting and the impact of Divine Will on Raskolnikov. But for those readers who relish the novel, and for writers eager to understand the literary techniques that make it a classic, the chapter on composition and narration is not to be missed. Essays on Dostoevsky's struggle to achieve the perfect narrative voice and the often unexpected humor that emerges amid the dismal setting and morose events shed light on the brilliance of the writer's craft. A brief chronology of Dostoevsky's life and an elaborate bibliography append the text. --Roger Leslie


Table of Contents

Lafcadio HearnDaniil GraninAlfred KazinJoseph FrankMikhail BakhtinThomas WergeR.L. BuschLouis BregerRaymond J. Wilson IIIW.J. LeatherbarrowDavid MatualDavid HananGary Saul MorsonErnest SimmonsLafcadio HearnDaniil GraninAlfred KazinJoseph FrankMikhail BakhtinThomas WergeR.L. BuschLouis BregerRaymond J. Wilson IIIW.J. LeatherbarrowDavid MatualDavid HananGary Saul MorsonErnest Simmons
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A Biographyp. 13
Characters and Plotp. 32
Chapter 1 The Critical Reception of Crime and Punishment
1. Why You Should Read "A Terrible Novel"p. 47
2. The Russian Perspective--100 Years Laterp. 53
3. A Leftist View of Crime and Punishmentp. 59
Chapter 2 The Composition and Narration of Crime and Punishment
1. Dostoyevsky's Choice of Narrative Voicep. 66
2. The Many Voices of Crime and Punishmentp. 72
3. The Power of Words in Crime and Punishmentp. 84
4. What's So Funny About Crime and Punishment?p. 95
Chapter 3 Raskolnikov on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on Crime and Punishment
1. Dostoyevsky's Childhood and Crime and Punishmentp. 118
2. Raskolnikov's Split Personalityp. 127
Chapter 4 Dostoyevsky's Treatment of Philosophical Issues
1. The "Unstable" Nature of Crime and Punishmentp. 139
2. Fate as Divine Will in Crime and Punishmentp. 149
3. The Contradictions of Raskolnikovp. 158
4. Crime and Punishment and the Intelligentsiap. 172
5. Ideas and Doublesp. 181
Chronologyp. 187
For Further Researchp. 192
Indexp. 196
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A Biographyp. 13
Characters and Plotp. 32
Chapter 1 The Critical Reception of Crime and Punishment
1. Why You Should Read "A Terrible Novel"p. 47
2. The Russian Perspective--100 Years Laterp. 53
3. A Leftist View of Crime and Punishmentp. 59
Chapter 2 The Composition and Narration of Crime and Punishment
1. Dostoyevsky's Choice of Narrative Voicep. 66
2. The Many Voices of Crime and Punishmentp. 72
3. The Power of Words in Crime and Punishmentp. 84
4. What's So Funny About Crime and Punishment?p. 95
Chapter 3 Raskolnikov on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on Crime and Punishment
1. Dostoyevsky's Childhood and Crime and Punishmentp. 118
2. Raskolnikov's Split Personalityp. 127
Chapter 4 Dostoyevsky's Treatment of Philosophical Issues
1. The "Unstable" Nature of Crime and Punishmentp. 139
2. Fate as Divine Will in Crime and Punishmentp. 149
3. The Contradictions of Raskolnikovp. 158
4. Crime and Punishment and the Intelligentsiap. 172
5. Ideas and Doublesp. 181
Chronologyp. 187
For Further Researchp. 192
Indexp. 196