Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment: A Reader's Guide (Cultural Syllabus) (Paperback)

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Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment: A Reader's Guide (Cultural Syllabus) (Paperback)


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Crime and Punishment: A Reader's Guide focuses on narrative strategy, psychology, and ideology. Martinsen demonstrates how Dostoevsky first plunges the reader into Raskolnikov's fevered brain, creating sympathy for him, and she explains why most readers root for him to get away from the scene of the crime. Dostoevsky subsequently provides outsider perspectives on Raskolnikov's thinking, effecting a conversion in reader sympathy. By examining the multiple justifications for murder Raskolnikov gives as he confesses to Sonya, Dostoevsky debunks rationality-based theories. Finally, the question of why Raskolnikov and others, including the reader, focus on the murder of the pawnbroker and forget the unintended murder of Lizaveta reveals a narrative strategy based on shame and guilt.

Deborah A. Martinsen was Associate Dean of Alumni Education and Adjunct Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. Past president of the International Dostoevsky Society and former executive secretary of the North American Dostoevsky Society, Martinsen is the author of Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky's Liars and Narrative Exposure (Ohio, 2003) and co-editor of Dostoevsky in Context (Oxford, 2015).
Product Details ISBN: 9781644697849
ISBN-10: 164469784X
Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Pages: 134
Language: English
Series: Cultural Syllabus