E 322 • The Russian Novel
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Not all classic Russian novels top 500 pages. Saving these giants for another time, we will explore the wealth of the novel in Russia, from the unconventional beginnings of the tradition to its picturesque disintegration with the approach of modernism and the revolution. One of our novels contains a bomb ticking quietly in a sardine can. In one of them the hero literally blows his opponent away in a duel. There is philosophy and poetry and comedy and apocalypse.
Three essays, thought papers rather than research assignments (6 pages each, typewritten), spaced at equal intervals over the term. At least one paper shall be written before the Spring Break. Papers will be read with interest and returned with comments both about the writing and what the writer wanted to say. Papers may be resubmitted or revised on the instructor's recommendation. All written work shall be the student's own work prepared without unauthorized assistance. Two examinations.
Extra credit for active class participation
Attendance policy: after the fourth unexcused absence one-half grade will be deducted from the final course grade. Excused absences shall be for illness or family emergency.
(All readings are in English)
Pushkin, The Captain's Daughter
Lermontov, A Hero of Our Times
Gogol, Dead Souls
Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Tolstoy, selected novellas