Prior Texts Resource Archive

The Brothers Karamazov in Wisconsin (2008-2009)

The Brothers Karamazov in Wisconsin built upon the success of the previous Great World Texts in Wisconsin programs. During the 2008-2009 academic year, high school and college classes from across the state participated in reading The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Instructors benefited from workshops and curriculum building exercises, and students gathered on the UW-Madison campus in the spring of 2009 to present their artistic, literary, and historical projects on the novel.

Teaching Resources: click here to access the Center for Humanities' Teaching The Brothers Karamazov: A Guide for Educators. Online resources include: 

  • The Brothers Karamazov Online Searchable Text (Constance Garnett translation).
  • The Brothers Karamazov Full Text in Russian.
  • Dartmouth University Brothers Karamazov Site, edited by Karen Gocsik, features a brief biography of Dostoevsky, background information, extensive bibliography, study guides, teaching materials, a link to a searchable web edition of the Garnett translation of BK, audio files of famous passages in Russian, and a number of links to other sites.
  • The Brothers Karamazov: The Definitive Study Guide provides character analyses and chapter-by-chapter plot summaries written by Nicholas Apostolatos, Marit Torkelsem, and T. Brooks Fitzsimmons, students at Middlebury College. It can be used to supplement an abridged reading of BK.
  • The Brothers Karamazov Personality Test might be a fun exercise for students. These ten multiple choice questions are designed to determine which of the Karamazov brothers you most resemble.
  • The Face of Russia is an interactive site tied to the PBS program of the same name. It provides an interactive timeline and a reference section on Russia and Russian culture, which may be helpful for students. See also from PBS: the Red Files; People's Century: Red Flag; and from NOVA, "From First Alert to Missile Launch."

The Brothers Karamazov in Wisconsin was sponsored by the UW-Madison Center for the Humanities, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CReeCA), and Division of Continuing Studies. With generous support by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, The Evjue Foundation, the Charitable Arm of The Capital Times, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Copies of The Brothers Karamazov were generously donated to the program by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux publishers.


2008-2009 Annual Conference Keynote: