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ERIC Number: EJ1011173
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
The Stranger Within: Dostoevsky's Underground
Roberts, Peter
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v45 n4 p396-408 2013
In Fyodor Dostoevsky's influential novel "Notes from underground", we find one of the most memorable characters in nineteenth century literature. The Underground Man, around whom everything else in this book revolves, is in some respects utterly repugnant: he is self-centred, obsessive and cruel. Yet he is also highly intelligent, honest and reflective, and he has suffered significantly at the hands of others. Reading "Notes from underground" can be a harrowing experience but also an educative one, for in an encounter with what at first seems unfamiliar and disorienting we can awaken the "stranger within". Dostoevsky's work, if we are ready for it, can shake us from our slumbers and allow us to see that what appears to be strange may in fact be deeply familiar to us.
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Language: English
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