On November 13th, University of Toronto Professor Kate Holland presented a compelling talk on one of Russia’s most infamous authors. “Dostoyevsky at 200: The Russian Novel Between Tradition and Modernity” coincided with the literary legend’s bicentenary month. This free online program was presented as a part of the Russian History Museum’s Second Saturday lecture series.
Holland’s talk traced Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky’s narratives from classics like Crime and Punishment to The Brothers Karamazov. In examining these texts (and other lesser-known works), Holland displayed deep dives into literary passages, drawing overall conclusions on works and their formulations. This presentation surveys the author’s psychological insights, examinations of faith and doubt, and views on the dramatic social changes which took place in Russia following the Great Reforms of the 1860s.
Professor Holland concluded this event with a live audience-driven question and answer session.