Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Oct 16, 2017
DeWitt Wallace Library 309

Brian Johnson, German and Russian Studies, will present, "Dipsomania, Alcoholic Madness and White Fever in Crime and Punishment."  Fyodor Dostoevsky populates his works with characters of diseased mind, soul and body.  Characters suffer from alcoholism, delirium tremens, tuberculosis, monomania, and hallucinations in Crime and Punishment alone.  Professor Johnson examines the preponderance of illness throughout Dostoevsky’s works in his manuscript Dostoevsky’s Diseases by framing it in the context of the medical world of the author’s time. Using source material drawn from Russian medical journals of the nineteenth century, Johnson analyzes Dostoevsky’s depiction and treatment of illness, health and medicine from an interdisciplinary point of view.  Today’s talk focuses on the condition, symptoms and effects of alcohol abuse in Dostoevsky’s most famous novel Crime and Punishment.

Contact: Theresa Klauer, Ext 6881

This event is for: Staff and Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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