REE 385 • Russian Literature and the Devil
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
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 Lermontovs "Demon," Gogols Petersburg Stories, Dostoevskys Brothers Karamazov, Sologubs Petty Demon, Bulgakovs Master and Margarita and others.
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)