Bowdoin Reads

Seeking the Common Good Series, Spring 2010

Literature as a Lens on the Common Good

Clementine Fujimura '87 is inspired by...

The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky
by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Edited by David Magarshack

Clementine Fujimura Professor, Language and Culture Studies United States Naval Academy A book that inspired me early on and motivated me to learn more about Russia as an anthropologist, to study the concept of suffering in Russia, children's experiences of Russia and ultimately lead me to write my own book "Russia's Abandoned Children: An Intimate Understanding"(Praeger 2005) was "Notes From the Underground" By Fyodor Dostoevsky. Here is a quote: "Suffering! Why it is the sole cause of concsiousness! And though at the beginning I did argue that consciousness was the greatest misfortune to man, yet I know that man loves it and will not exchange it for any satisfaction. Consciousness, for instance, is infinitely superior to twice-two. After twice-two there is nothing left for you to do, or even learn. All you could do then would be to stop up your five senses and sink into contemplation...." in Magarshack, David ed.(2001) "The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky" New York: The Modern Library.

Words that Rocked My World: Campus Installation
April 12-18
Smith Union and Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
What written texts have most influenced the way you look at the world, inspired you to action, or informed your academic or professional path? This campus installation, including favorite texts selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni, offers inspiration and fosters dialogue by highlighting the ways that literature can help shape and reflect visions of the common good.

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