Dostoevsky in the 21st Century - ALSC Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2009

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Convener: Susan McReynolds (Northwestern University)
Dostoevsky’s novels are paradoxical texts: they are deeply rooted in Dostoevsky’s Russia, yet have also become classics of world literature. Dostoevsky claimed that he was writing for Russians of his own time, and expressed disbelief that real Russian art, such as his novels, could be understood by Western Europeans. What are the challenges, potential pitfalls, and possible advantages to teaching Dostoevsky as world literature, in English (or other non-Slavic) departments, or in courses on the novel? This session seeks to gather perspectives from scholars teaching this text in a variety of settings. What strategies do we have for making a text embedded in nineteenth-century Russian culture accessible to our twenty-first century students? Our goal is to present a variety of pedagogical strategies and engage in dialog about the nature of cross-cultural education in different institutional environments. Please send proposals to Susan McReynolds at, with a CC to

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