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Department
English
Course
EN 3452
Professor
Rimma Volynska
Semester
Winter

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The Double (1846) Dostoevsky (in translation) AP/EN 3452 Dr. Rimma Volynska Philosophy and Psychology Written before Dostoevsky’s penal servitude. The concept of a double is one that repeats itself throughout Dostoevsky’s works. Poor Folk a humanistic tragedy, while The Double is a philosophical tragedy. • Social and economic factors present in The Double, but not primary o Psychology is the focus: Dostoevsky is writing pre-Freud, pre-Hegel, pre- Nietzsche, pre-Kierkegaard. o Dostoevsky presents us with a clinical psychoanalysis o Presents the revolutionary notion that man’s great tragedy stems from his own drive (for dignity, self-worth, security) • Elements of revolt with the “I”. o Signs of rebellion in Makar Devushkin (Poor Folk), who talks back to Gogol through Varenka. One must subordinate oneself
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