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Dostoevsky, Camus, and the Problem of Suffering

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James Wood, a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, has published two collections of literary criticism, The Broken Estate (1999) and The Irresponsible Self (2004), and a novel, The Book Against God (2003). He is a literary critic for the New Republic and the London Review of Books.

Wood speaks as part of the Lowell Humanities Series. Suffering is a particular mystery to people who believe in a higher power, he says—either God is not powerful enough to rein in suffering or chooses not to. Wood traces Dostoevsky and Camus' approaches to the theme and discusses the novel's response to suffering.

Format: Lecture followed by Q&A
Length: 61

Presenter(s): James Wood

Date: November 3, 2004

Location: Devlin Hall, Boston College

Sponsor(s): Lowell Humanities Series

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/wood/

The information on this page is accurate as of November 2004