The Eurasian Studies Seminar presents "Exiles, Zeks, and Theologians Evaluating Dostoevsky's House of the Dead"

Elizabeth Blake, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at Saint Louis University in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Dr. Elizabeth Blake will present on research for her book project, Dostoevsky, the Siberian, by focusing on the reception history of his autobiographical novel, Notes from the House of the Dead, based on his confinement in the Omsk Stockade (1850-54) for his participation in the Petrashevsky Circle.  The presentation will examine observations by former political prisoners Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nicholas Berdyaev, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Varlaam Shalamov in an attempt to assess the significance of the literary work for the twentieth century and beyond.