Join Professor Luzzi for a seminar devoted to one of the most profound and influential novels ever written: Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. Participants will consider the historical, philosophical, and theological elements that make this novel so relevant to today’s world, as we see how Dostoevsky provides essential insights on family life, issues of justice, the nature of love – and more.
Each week of the course will spotlight a new section of Dostoevsky's work. During his lectures, Professor Luzzi will be using the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) of The Brothers Karamazov.
Lecture 1: Books 1–5 of The Brothers Karamazov
Lecture 2: Books 6–10 of The Brothers Karamazov
Lecture 3: Books 11–12, Epilogue of The Brothers Karamazov
I will be using the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) of The Brothers Karamazov.
Joseph Luzzi received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, where he has taught since 2002 after being a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education, he is the author of 5 books, including "My Two Italies," a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and "In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love," a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” selection. His work has been translated into multiple languages and his many awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In 2017 he was named Cittadino Onorario/Honorary Citizen in Acri, Calabria, his Italian parents' birthplace. His next book is "Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance," which will be published by W. W. Norton. Professor Luzzi is the founder of the Virtual Book Club, an online community of readers dedicated to exploring some of the best books ever written. Learn more at JosephLuzzi.com.
How does it work?
This is a three-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.
Is there a reading list in advance?
Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, we do encourage you to read along during each week of the course.
How long are the lectures?
Each lecture is 60 minutes long with time for Q&A.
How much is the course?
The course is $105 USD for three lectures.
Is a recording available if I am unable to attend the live discussion each week?
Yes. A link to view the Zoom room recording will be emailed to you within 48 hours of each session's conclusion.
Recordings will be available to re-watch at leisure up until 30 days after the course's conclusion.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
60 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.