John Glass

Mentor: Dr. Eric Kligerman
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I didn't always love literature. I had always hated assigned readings. However, Dostoevsky was the one who changed my view. After I had read Crime and Punishment, I felt it necessary to thoroughly explore the author, and the man, behind some of my favorite novels. I wanted to give back to Dostoevsky what he gave to me. But since he's been dead for quite some time, I feel the best gift would be a contribution to the body of research surrounding one of Russia's greatest authors. "




Soil and Water Science

Research Interests

  • Russian Literature
  • Existentialism
  • Literary Criticism

Academic Awards


  • Kappa Alpha Order
  • Trout Magazine
  • Prism Magazine


  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Faith Cafe

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Powerlifting
  • Hunting
  • Hiking

Research Description

A Writer's Voice: An analysis of Dostoevsky's style in response to his life
I will be researching how Dostoevsky's voice had changed throughout the course of his life, paying special attention to the contrast of his pre-prison works versus his post-prison works. Attention will be paid to the philosophers, writers, and people who had made an impact on his literary voice, with close attention made to Dostoevsky's shifting views on enlightenment concepts such as socialism. I will analyze the specific periods of Dostoevsky's life in regards to his fiction, and attempt to establish an overall timeline of his maturing writing style.