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READING DOSTOEVSKY IN ENGLISH AND SHAKESPEARE IN RUSSIAN

Associate Professor Chris Thurman, School of Literature, Language and Media, Wits University

 

DATE: Tuesday 27 July 2021             
TIME: 1.00pm–2.00pm
COURSE FEES: R75                          
 PLATFORM: MS TEAMS

 

How much Shakespeare is there in Dostoevsky – lots, right? But perhaps not as much as English readers would like to think. This lecture is a reminder that translators are not ‘invisible’ and that we should be sceptical about the effects of Shakespeare’s much-touted universality. The focus is on Dostoevsky’s novella Notes from the Underground and on Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. We will explore Shakespearean enthusiasm in Europe and Russia, consider the curious phenomenon of ‘Hamletism’ and do some textual detective work.

Recommended reading

Dostoevsky, F. 2001. The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by David Magarshack (1968). New York: Random House. [Or any edition that includes ‘Notes from the Underground’]

Shakespeare, William. Hamlet [Any edition]