E 322 • The Russian Novel (CANCELLED!)
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. The format is informal lecture and discussion. Emphasis is on the texts themselves, their significance in Russian culture, in human experience and in European literary history.
All readings in English.
Three essays (6 pages each, typewritten) 60%
Two examinations 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.
Pushkin, The Captain's Daughter
Lermontov, A Hero of Our Times
Gogol, Dead Souls
Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Tolstoy, Childhood, Hadji Murad