In this thesis I examine and contrast the work of Albert Camus' The Stranger and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment , from a reader response perspective as an inmate serving a 38-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. I use the experiential approach, drawing upon the work of both Louise Rosenblatt's transactional theory and Mikhail Bakhtin's theories about language, literature, and philosophy. I conclude that Camus does not allow Meursault to explore the limits of the idea of the absurd man. In contrast, Dostoevsky is able to create a genuine consciousness in Raskolnikov, not only by Raskolnikov's realistic portrayal but by leaving Raskolnikov's ideas unfinalized, ideas which the reader carries with him or herself long after the novel is finished.
|Advisor:||Smith, Lyle E.|
|School:||California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Modern literature, Social psychology, Criminology|
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