Arts students co-create Dostoevsky library exhibit

Image from the exhibit, used here with permission from Cambridge University Library.

Image from the exhibit, used here with permission from Cambridge University Library.

In a joint collaboration between the Cambridge University Library and the department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, students from Dr Katia Bowers’s 2015 Term 2 RUSS 412 “Dostoevsky in Translation” have written an exhibit celebrating 150 years of Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment. The exhibit can be viewed online. A small physical exhibit is also on display at Cambridge University Library 10 Oct – 5 Nov 2016. The exhibit is jointly funded with support from the Cambridge University Library and a CENES Department Research Grant, and was co-organized by Dr Bowers and Mel Bach, the Slavonic specialist librarian at the Cambridge University Library.

As part of a class assignment, each student researched an object and wrote up a caption. The exhibit highlights library materials that help illuminate the context and legacy of the 1866 novel, with a diverse range of topics including St Petersburg, Siberia, the penny dreadful, 19th-century crime fiction, and Dostoevsky’s life. More about the exhibit’s genesis can be found here.

The exhibit is part of Dr Bowers’s SSHRC-funded outreach program, taking place throughout 2016. The year of celebration will culminate in a film screening and interdisciplinary conference taking place at UBC next week (Oct 20-22). You can read about the broader project and conference on its website.