The Brothers Karamazov

Resources and chat area for "The Brothers Karamazov" text

Useful Research Links

Dostoevsky’s Ethics and Aesthetics

“Dostoevsky’s View of Evil” by Richard Pevear

An abridged version of the introduction to Pevear and Volokhonsky’s translation of Dostoevsky’s novel – Demons, in which Pevear argues that the demons, for Dostoevsky, are ideas – the “isms.”

“Tragic and Comic Visions in The Brothers Karamazov” by Joyce Carol Oates

An essay discussing the Dostoevsky’s work as “a novel in the making.”

“Dostoevski on Freedom” by G. J. Mattey

A lecture note for a class entitled “Nineteenth Century Philosophy” at UC Davis. Professor Mattey discusses the theme of happiness/unhappiness as it relates to freedom in “The Grand Inquisitor.”

“Dostoevsky and His Theology” by James Townsend

An examination of Dostoevsky’s theology in terms of Dostoevsky’s view of God and his treatment of Christ, sin, salvation, and eschatology in his works.

“Dostoevsky’s Theodicy” by Bruce Hansen

A thesis submitted to Brigham Young University in 1996 examining Dostoevsky’s deep understanding of the problem of evil and how Dostoevsky, drawing from his own life experiences, developed this understanding throughout his works.


General Web Resources on Dostoevsky

The World of Dostoevsky

A bilingual site containing portraits of Dostoevsky at various ages, links to online editions of his works, and visual and textual information about Dostoevsky’s Russia.

Middlebury’s Dostoevsky Site

Along with a brief biography of Dostoevsky, this site contains online study guides, annotated bibliographies, and student papers written for many of Dostoevsky’s works.

Brandeis’ Dostoevsky on the Interrnet Page

A fairly extensive list of critical essays, Russian and St. Petersburg culture sites, quotes, and other unusual miscellany on Dostoevsky.

Christian Staange’s Dostoevsky Research Station

A site containing an annotated list of secondary source material on Dostoevsky, a chronology of Dostoevsky’s life, and a collection of critical quotations from Dostoevsky’s contemporaries.

Dostoevsky and Time

A timeline of Dostoevsky’s life built from a compendium of sources.

A Chronology of Dostoevsky’s Life

A simple chronology of the major events in Dostoevsky’s life.


On-Line Versions of Selected Works and Criticism

Christian Classics Ethereal Library

Online texts of Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, and Brothers Karamazov.

Concordances of the Collected Works of Dostoevsky

A Russian language concordance of all of Dostoevsky’s works.

Online-Literature Site

Searchable Texts of Crime and Punishment, The Gambler, and Poor Folks.

Online Text of Notes from the Underground

Online text of Notes from the Underground. Translator unknown.

Middlebury’s BK Study Guide

This site contains a short biography of Dostoevsky, plot summaries for each of the four parts of the story, character sketches and analyses, book analyses, and a bibliography.

Middlebury’s Notes from the Underground Study Guide

This study guide includes discussions of the background of the novel, some critical responses to the novel, and the symbolism in the novel.

Study Guide for Notes from the Underground

Written by Professor Paul Brians, Department of English, Washington State University for a class titled “Russian Literature: Middle Ages to Dostoevsky,” this guide includes study questions by page number.

Dostoevsky: Notes from the Underground

Study questions for each chapter and a thematic guide written by Professor George Mitrevski, Department of Foreign Languages at Auburn University.

Lecture on Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground

This site has a biography of Dostoevsky, critical responses to Notes, some study questions and a discussion of general themes.


The Problem of Evil / Relevant Philosophical Influences

“The Problem of Evil” by Greg Ganssle

A lecture, delivered at Dartmouth College, examining the deductive and evidential formulations of the problems of evil and their relation to the nature of freedom.

The Problem of Evil in World Religions

A comparison of the views of evil in Buddhism, Hinduism with those in Christianity.

The Concept of “Evil” in Buddhism and Lurianic Kabbalah by Evgeny Torchinov

A synopsis of a longer paper written by Professor Evgeny Torchinov of the University of Saint Petersburg, exploring the connections between Buddhist and Jewish Mystical views of evil.

“Beyond the Problem of Evil” by Wayne Ferguson

A paper by someone at University of Pennsylvania discussing the approaches of Augustine, Nietzsche, and Spinoza to the problem of evil.

Leibniz on the Problem of Evil

This site discusses two of Leibniz’ views on the problem of evil: “the underachiever problem” and “the holiness problem.”

“God’s Answer to Job” by Wes Morrison

Published in the Journal of Religious Studies, this paper discusses the problem of evil as presented in the Book of Job.

The Problem of Evil: How Can a Good God Allow Evil?

Published by Prode Ministries, a group dedicated to reclaiming “the primacy of Christian thought and values in Western culture through media, education, and literature,” this site examines the problem of evil from logical, evidential, and religious perspectives.

“The Problem of Evil” by Denis McCallum

Published by, an online Christian community, this page introduces three atheistic formulations of the problem of evil and proposes a couple responses, the main response being the “free will defense.”

“Philosophy Since the Enlightenment” by Roger Jones

Written in a readable format, this site contains good, brief definitions of all of the major philosophical developments since the enlightenment, such as romanticism, existentialism, post-structuralism, God, moral philosophy, etc.


Existential Resources

A page containing a bibliography of works by and on various existential philosophers, including Kafka, Heidegger, Satre and Kierkegard, and links to other web information on existentialism.


Historical Contexts in Brothers’ Karamazov

The Russian Post-Emancipation Household: Two Villages in the Moscow Area

Written by Herdis Kolle of the University of Bergen, this master’s thesis discusses the plight of the serfs in Russia.

Inquisition: Introduction

A part of Fordham’s “Online Medieval Sourcebook,” this page examines the inquisition as judicial technique.

Spanish Inquisition Links

A University of Notre Dame site with many links to Inquisition related topics, including sections of links on history, documents, current thought, Jews in the Inquisition, Galileo and the Inquisition, etc.