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The Incidence of “Brain Fever” in The Brothers Karamazov

November 13th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Dostoyevsky’s characters frequently suffer from something he calls “brain fever.” Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikova, Raskolnikov’s clueless mother, has it in Crime and Punishment; in fact she dies from it.  Arkady Makarovich Dolgoruky has it, for a while, in The Adolescent.  So does Nicolas Vsevolodovich Stavrogin, in The Possessed.  Then there is Rogojin, in The Idiot; not […]

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Why Did Jesus Kiss the Grand Inquisitor?

November 1st, 2006 · 2 Comments

In his recent lectures on Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Hubert Dreyfus asks this question of his audience, primarily comprising lower-division students at U.C. Berkeley.  Through the electronic magic of pod-casting, I surreptitiously have been listening to Professor Dreyfus for the last six months or so, as I drive to and from the studio.  My dog, […]

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