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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 322 • Nineteenth-Century Russian Short Stories

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35735 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
par 103

Course Description

In this course we will explore the wealth of Russian nineteenth-century literature through a series of shorter works which present the classic authors in their most concentrated form. The range is enormous: stories of penetrating psychological and philosophical analysis, tales of human pathos and social satire, pastoral visions, great love stories, war reportage, annals of carnal vice and religious exaltation. We begin with the best of Russian romantic fiction, move on to the world of realistic narrative and finally to the highly stylized or delicately suggestive works of the Russian fin-de-si├Ęcle.

Grading Policy

Essays: 60%
Exams: 40%
Extra credit for active class participation.


Pushkin: "The Queen of Spades," Tales of Belkin
Gogol: Dikanka stories, Mirgorod (selected stories), Petersburg Tales (selected stories)
Turgenev: Sportsman's Sketches (selected stories), "First Love," "The Song of Triumphant Love"
Dostoevsky: "A Gentle Creature," utopian myths
Tolstoi: The Sevastopol Stories, "The Death of Ivan Ilich," "After the Ball"
Leskov: "The Sealed Angel," "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk"
Chekhov: "Ward Six" and other stories


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