Imperfect Murder: Reading Crime and Punishment (MLR1025)

15 credits

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a formative text in modern literature. It’s also a murder mystery with a real detective, a psychological thriller, a waking dream, a portrait of haunted St Petersburg – and a cautionary tale about student debt. The hero, Raskolnikov, kills the old pawnbroker because he has no money to pay his university fees. What happens next is even more mysterious…

In close readings and seminar discussions of this fascinating novel, you will critically analyse literary style, identify subtexts, subplots, and character archetypes, and gain confidence accessing and evaluating secondary critical texts. No prior knowledge of Russian required.