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Anti-Intellectualism & Crime and Punishment
Transcript of Anti-Intellectualism & Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment By: Katie Callaghan
Patrick Fang Thesis Anti-Intellectualism is influential in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s writing of Crime and Punishment because of the societal mentality concerning logical reasoning, since this sector of the Romanticism Movement advanced the discrediting of intellectual explanation.
Definition of Anti-Intellectualism According to Merriam- Webster Dictionary
opposing or hostile to intellectuals or to an intellectual view or approach
According to Patrick Fang-
The belief that everything can not be rationalized.
Basic Tenets Occurred during Romantic Movement
1798-1832 30 years before Post-Reform Russia
Russia in 1800s Serfdom
Russia was known for years of serfdom
Was abolished in 1816-1819
Although abolished, it was still there
Most of population was rural, and nobility owned them
Some serfs didn’t know how to live without their owners
Still in Dark Ages
Did not start being industrialized until 1850
Decembrist revolt in 1825
Marked the beginning of the end
Ending of Serfdom
People becoming more free and knowing more about the world
But also threat of anarchy as people learn
Societal Changes Creative art were valued more than science
Empowered religion- sufficed as an explanation for everything
Intellects and scholars were seen as useless
Alexander Pushkin Famous poet from Russia during romantic movement
He was interested in Social Reform
His vocabulary foundation for Russian literature
How Anti-Intellectualism is applied in Crime and Punishment Page 3
“But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man’s heart that, in spite of all the fastidiousness of youth, he minded his rags least of all in the street. It was a different matter when he met with acquaintances or with former fellow student, whom, indeed, he disliked meeting at any time.”
Explanation of Quote Hatred toward educated people
It takes money to go to school
He ran out of money, and had to drop out of school
Then developed hatred
How Anti-Intellectualism influenced Dostoyevsky Dostoyevsky is considered a scholar
Anti-Intellectualism occurred only 34 years before Crime and Punishment
Still a large Part of Society in his life time
Works Cited Avrich, Paul. "Anarchism and Anti-Intellectualism in Russia." Journal of the History of
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Kaplan, Kimberley. "What was the Romantic Edward. "The Myth of Anti-Intellectualism." The Atlantic. N.p., 12 Jul 2010.
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