E 322 • Pushkin
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
The devil hit on the bright idea of having me born in Russia with a mind and talent
Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)
Our family picture is taken with Pushkin in the backgroundpopular Russian song
Discover why the Russians call Pushkin their greatest writer. Why Dostoevskys last statement was his Pushkin speech. Why the Russian symbolist Alexander Blok paid tribute to Pushkins secret freedom and twentieth-century tragic muse Anna Akhmatova wondered, How did he know it all already? Why Vladimir Nabokov devoted years of his life to translating and annotating Pushkins novel in verse, Eugene Onegin. Find out why the Pushkin monument in Moscow is still peoples number one meeting spot. As an extra bonus, learn about Pushkins special relationship to English literature: Byron, Shakespeare and Scott. We will see that Amadeus works off the same material as Pushkins brilliant Mozart and Salieri. Opera and film versions of Pushkin works will be included. All readings will be in English.
Three essays (6 pages each) 60%
Short-answer exams 40%
Extra credit for active class participation
Attendance policy: three unexcused absences are permitted. Excused absences shall be for illness or family emergencies only. With the fourth unexcused absence the final semester grade will fall by one-half grade.
Biography and legend
Works by Pushkin: lyrics, Gypsies, The Bronze Horseman, Boris Godunov, The Little Tragedies, Eugene Onegin, The Captains Daughter, Tales of Belkin, The Queen of Spades, The Journey to Arzrum