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

Spring 2005

E 322 • Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago: Poetry and the Novel

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32080 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
GAR 201

Course Description

Dr. Zhivago is the great novel of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. Taking his family from Moscow to the Ural Mountains, Zhivago finds himself instead embroiled in civil war. Set against this backdrop is Zhivago’s love for Lara: their relationship is the embodiment of the pain and chaos of this cataclysmic time. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958. We read the novel in the context of Pasternak’s poetry: the poems that are included in Dr. Zhivago as well as the astonishing verse that Pasternak wrote in the decades leading up to his work on the novel.

Grading Policy

1) Regular attendance and participation
2) Completion of required reading by the date assigned (see syllabus)
3) Course Work/Course Credit:
Short Essay (4-5 pages) 10%
Outline, Draft, Thesis statement for Long Essay (2 pages: ungraded) Long Essay (12-14 pages) 50%
Informed Participation in Class Discussion/Quizzes 40%

NOTE: Course essays offer a chance to explore in-depth issues raised in readings and discussion. They do NOT require extensive secondary research. They should, however, reflect a close yet imaginative reading of the text(s) at hand.


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