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Tackling Tough Ones: Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" | In-Person

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Course Description:

This Russian novel, published in 1869, asks us to consider notions of "the ideal man" by delving into ways in which human suffering reveals the meaning of life to each of us. According to Dostoevsky, pain and suffering make us humble and develop in us the greatest understanding of life; this understanding compels us to make sure that our existence is purposeful. "The Idiot" is considered difficult to read because of its dense existentialism, the author's frequent direct address to the reader, the languorous sentences, and its vast length. Let's read this work together to discern whether its ideas still pertain to our contemporary lives.

Please read Part One, Chapters 1-7 for the first session.

Note: The version Dr. Curry will be drawing from follows below; however, any edition you have will work just fine.

Vintage Classics
ISBN 0-375-70224-5
Fyodor Dostoevsky (Author), Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)


Tuition: $65.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, Aug. 26; Sept. 9, 23, 30; Oct. 7 *10:30am – 1:00pm* (5 sessions)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. To keep everyone safe, seats are limited.


Renée Curry, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the School of Humanities and Communication at CSU Monterey Bay.