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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Fall 2009

REE 385 • Russian Literature and the Devil

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45690 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CAL 422

Course Description

This course will examine Russian literature's extensive reflection on the nature and place of evil in human existence. After looking at a few key texts from the medieval period, we will move on to the most important 19th and 20th century authors and texts that use the Devil as a point of departure in their exploration of the darker corners of the human spirit. Among these are Lermontov’s "Demon," Gogol’s Petersburg Stories, Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov, Sologub’s Petty Demon, Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita and others.

Grading Policy

Completion of required readings by date assigned (consult syllabus). Course Work/ Course Credit: 1 presentation (15-20 minutes); 20 page research paper.


Nikolai Gogol Diary of a Madman (tr. By Ronald Wilks) Fyodor Dostoevsky The Devils (tr. By Michael Katz) Fyodor Sologub Petty Demon (tr. By S. D. Cioran and Muril Barker) Mikhail Bulgakov Master and Margarita (tr. Diana Burgin and Kathleen Tiernan O'Connor)


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