E 322 • The Russian Romance with Shakespeare
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
The Russians adore Shakespeare. In this course we will investigate the ways in which Shakespeare has influenced Russian literature and penetrated into the world of Russian theater, opera, ballet and film. After an introduction to the subject of Russian Shakespearianism we will follow a series of Shakespeare plays and their Russian coordinates, covering a range of 19th and 20th century Russian authors, composers and filmmakers.
All readings will be in English.
Three essays (6 pages each). Topics should be comparative or Russian related. Papers will be read with interest and returned with comments both about the writing and what the writer wanted to say. Papers may be resubmitted or revised on the instructor's recommendation. All written work shall be the student's own work prepared without unauthorized assistance. There will also be two examinations.
Attendance Policy: no more than three unexcused absences will be allowed. Excused absences are for illness or family emergency only. A doctor's excuse or similar may be required. Excessive absences will lower the final course grade by one-half grade.
Richard III, King John: Pushkin, Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov (opera)
Hamlet: Turgenev essay, "Hamlet and Don Quixote", Pasternak as translator of Hamlet, Hamlet on the Russian stage and screen
Macbeth: Leskov, Lady Macbeth of Mstensk, Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mstensk
King Lear: Turgenev, King Lear of the Steppes, Tolstoy vs. Shakespeare and Lear, Kozintsev, King Lear (film, 1971)
Romeo and Juliet: Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet (ballet)