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Slavic Colloquium: Confession(s) in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

April 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Speaker: Prof. Julian Connolly

While much of the narrative interest in Crime and Punishment is centered on the two subjects invoked in its own title:  crime (prestuplenie) and punishment (nakazanie), Dostoevsky’s most famous novel is also concerned with another abstract concept—confession (priznanie).   The sheer numbers and types of confession that appear in the novel are astounding.  This paper will investigate the myriad ways that confession crops up in Dostoevsky’s novel and see what it tells us about Dostoevsky’s central artistic and ethical preoccupations in the years after his own experience in the Russian criminal justice system.


April 20, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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University of Virginia New Cabell Hall, Room 058
1516 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville , VA 22904 United States
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