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 Online Intensive - Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Agora Foundation Online Intensive -
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Wednesday Evenings - January 24 to April 17, 2024 -
5:30-7:00PM Pacific

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Elizabeth Reyes

Thomas Aquinas College
Elizabeth earned her PhD. in Literature from the University of Dallas and served as Editorial Assistance for The Lyric Garden publication. She has been a tutor at Thomas Aquinas College since 2011 and a frequent Agora Foundation seminar leader. 

Sessions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Reyes


“Your worst sin is that you have destroyed and betrayed yourself for nothing.”


The Agora Foundation is pleased to kick off 2024 with our online intensive - Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. We last discussed this book in seminar in 2001... we are WAY overdue!

Crime and Punishment was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. The book is the second of Dostoevsky's full-length novels following his return from exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is often cited as one of the greatest works of world literature.

Through brilliant dialogue and vivid characters the book explores the consequences of nihilism, utilitarianism, and rationalism, extending the ideas the author earlier animates in Notes from Underground. Raskolnikov, our main character and point of entry, exemplifies the potentially disastrous hazards contained in some developing western ideals. Questions of morality, kindness, sympathy, faith and pity come to the fore, as well as the antitheses of pride, contempt, and solipsism. The moving conflicts ask us all to consider torment and disorder, but also higher social goods, right and wrong, and the potential of redemption. Dynamically portraying mysticism, psychological struggle, and social inequity, Crime and Punishment is an emotionally engaging pinnacle of art. We invite you to join us over 13 online sessions as we explore this work in the spirit of civil discourse, camaraderie, and adventure. No previous knowledge or seminar experience is required.


Crime and Punishment
January 24 to April 17, 2024 - 5:30-7:00PM Pacific


Crime and Punishment, Translators: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

Vintage; Reprint edition (March 1993), ISBN 978-0679734505

Dates and Curriculum - Crime and Punishment

1) Session One

Wednesday, January 24

5:30-7:00PM PST

Part One - pages 3-42 - Chapters I-III


2) Session Two

Wednesday, January 31

5:30-7:00PM PST

Part One - pages 42-91 - Chapters IV-VII


3) Session Three

Wednesday, February 7

5:30-7:00PM PST

Part Two - pages 95-151 - Chapters I-IV


4) Session Four

Wednesday, February 14

5:30-7:00PM PST

Part Two - pages 151-204 - Chapters V-VII


5) Session Five

Wednesday, February 21

5:30-7:00PM PST

Part Three - pages 207-247 - Chapters I-III


6) Session Six

Wednesday, February 28

5:30-7:00PM PST

Part Three - pages 247-292 - Chapters IV-VI

7) Session Seven

Wednesday, March 6

5:30-7:00PM PST

Part Four - pages 295-330 - Chapters I-III

8) Session Eight

Wednesday, March 13

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Part Four - pages 330-376 - Chapters IV-VI


9) Session Nine

Wednesday, March 20

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Part Five - pages 380-426 - Chapters I-III


10) Session Ten

Wednesday, March 27

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Part Five - pages 427-459 - Chapters IV-V


11) Session Eleven

Wednesday, April 3

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Part Six - pages 463-509 - Chapters I-IV


12) Session Twelve

Wednesday, April 10

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Part Six - pages 510-560 - Chapters V-VIII


13) Session Thirteen

Wednesday, April 17

5:30-7:00PM PDT

Epilogue - pages 563-580 - Chapters I-II… and final recapitulation

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