E 322 • Russian Twentieth-Century Masterpieces
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
This course explores Russian culture/literature's unusual fascination with the demonic and the diabolical: from its earliest manifestations in the literature of the medieval period up to its incarnation in the works of 19th and 20th century authors such as Gogol, Dostoevsky and Bulgakov. Although we will begin by looking briefly at folkloric and early representations of the Devil, the course will focus primarily on later 19th and 20th century representations of the demonic. Lectures will situate the works in the context of broader Western European explorations of the demonic.
ALL READINGS IN ENGLISH
3 essays (6 pages each) 80% [At least one essay may be revised/resubmitted]
In-Class Discussion 20%
NOTE: Course essays are an opportunity for you to explore in greater depth the issues raised in lectures and class discussions. They DO NOT require you to do extensive outside/secondary research. First and foremost, they should be based on an informed and creative reading of the texts in question.
Coursepack (available at SPEEDWAY in DOBIE MALL)
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Devils or The Brothers Karamazov
Fyodor Sologub, The Petty Demon
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita