Monday, August 14, 2006

Memory Eternal: An Orthodox Reading of The Brothers Karamazov

Professor Donald Sheehan, who teaches in both the first-year writing program and the MALS graduate program at Dartmouth College, is a Sub-Deacon in the Orthodox Church.

In a recent lecture, he connects the final scene of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov to the funeral service in the Eastern Orthodox Church in order to explore the nature of personhood in both Dostoevsky and the Orthodox faith. He also gives an account of his own experience of becoming Orthodox as a way to see directly some of the meanings he discusses.

His talk is a remarkable blending of liturgical and literary analysis with personal testimony.

Well worth the time to read. Available here.