Events in Modern Languages & Cultures
Russian Seminar Series: Professor Zdenek Pechal [Czech Republic]: 'Dostoevsky's THE DOUBLE: hallucination or reality? [in Russian]'
Zdenek Pechal’s talk will address some of the major issues arising from Dostoevsky’s early novel The Double. The inherent ambivalence of human nature, the perennial concern of Russian and European Romanticism, is clearly linked in Dostoevsky’s text with social issues. Moreover, the psychological turbulences, dissociation and madness experienced by the central protagonist of the novel, all originate from his inability to penetrate the deeply conservative social structure of nineteenth century Russia. For that reason, Dostoevsky’s literary assemblage of individual psychology, psychoanalysis, social philosophy and ethics, far exceeded the frameworks of its own time and became the favourite reading of the likes of Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud, and Vladimir Nabokov.
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