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Robert Louis Jackson

“The ADS notes with sadness the passing of Professor Robert Louis Jackson (1924-2022), co-founder of the IDS and NADS and long-time professor of Slavic at Yale University. He is remembered fondly for his kindness and generosity to colleagues on far-away shores.”

Deborah Martinsen

It is with sadness that the Editors of The Dostoevsky Journal: A Comparative Literature Review, together with the Executive of the Australian Dostoevsky Society, note the passing, on Sunday, November 28, 2021, of the American Dostoevsky scholar, Deborah Martinsen.


Deborah was a long-time President and Executive Secretary of the International Dostoevsky Society, as well as an editor of Dostoevsky Studies – the official organ of the Society. She was a student of the late Robert Belknap at Columbia University and carried on his legacy with her innovative work in Dostoevsky research, which had resonance right around the world, including the postgraduate scene in Australia. Her ground-breaking study Surprised by Shame represents a lasting legacy to her scholarly acumen. Remembered with fondness by Slobodanka Vladiv-Glover