"The Brothers Karamazov" brought together Schoolchildren and Students from Near and Far Abroad

25/03/2022 22:09

On March 18, Astrakhan (Russia) hosted another literary online lesson as part of the international educational project "Eternal Dostoevsky".

The meeting was organized by the partners of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly, the Center for International Studies "Caspian-Eurasia", Astrakhan State Technical University, and the Astrakhan Regional Scientific Library after N.K. Krupskaya under the support of the Government of the Astrakhan Region, the Agency for Youth Affairs of the Astrakhan Region, the Center for Support of NGOs and Civic Initiatives, and the Presidential Grants Foundation.

"Eternal Dostoevsky" is a series of educational lectures, meetings, discussions and competitions aimed at supporting and preserving the Russian language and culture abroad. More than 50 participants from near and far abroad countries have already shown interest in it. These are teachers of the Russian language and literature, as well as schoolchildren and students from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Greece, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Slovenia, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

The next part of the project - a lesson-dialogue - was presented by Olga Kryakhtunova, Associate Professor of the Russian Language Department of the Astrakhan State Technical University. In early March, the participants analyzed the relevance and problems of the novel "Crime and Punishment". On March 18 they analyzed an excerpt from the work of F.M. Dostoevsky "The Brothers Karamazov". The lesson was interactive.

“Dostoevsky is often reproached for the abundance of description. In the selected excerpt from the novel The Brothers Karamazov (Ivan Karamazov's conversation with the devil), we see a detailed description of the hero, who clearly belongs to the European cultural code, and also we pay attention to the vocabulary of the narrative. This excerpt can be called intertextual, that is, it contains references to works written before and after this novel,” - says Olga Kryakhtunova.

Thus, the listeners compared the text of the writer with the works of "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Nose" by Nikolai Gogol, "Faust" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It is worth noting that high school students gave their answers via video link, and in the program chat. Many admitted that they had not yet read The Brothers Karamazov, but after the lesson they had such a desire.

As the Head of the Caspian-Eurasia Center Evgenia Yukina noted, Dostoevsky's texts are not only relevant to this day, but are so deep that the reader can discover new meanings and ideas by rereading the novels of the great writer more than once.

It will be possible to hear the works of Dostoevsky within the project in the online literary relay. The brightest and most famous excerpts from the writer's works will be read by the actors of Moscow theaters, foreign schoolchildren and students, compatriots living abroad. The Caspian-Eurasia Center will announce the marathon and publish the video on its resources.

In addition, in the nearest future an essay contest based on the works of F.M. Dostoevsky will start. The results of the contest of creative works will be summed up at the end of April. The best works will be published on the electronic platforms of the Caspian-Eurasia Center.

Classical Russian literature is an excellent tool for generating interest in Russia, its culture, and the Russian language in general, and F.M. Dostoevsky is undoubtedly the brightest iconic figure for the entire world culture. The interest shown in the activities of the project confirms this already established opinion.