Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A comparative reader-response analysis between The Stranger and Crime and Punishment
by Shelton, Jeremiah Adam, M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2011, 75; 1504403
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 1504403
ISBN: 978-1-267-00640-0
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