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Mary Neuburger, Chair BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2006

RUS 356 • Russian Romance With Shakespeare - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45060 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

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 film-makers. Course format relies on informal lecture and discussion. Emphasis is on the texts themselves, their significance in Russian culture and in human experience. All readings are in English.

Grading Policy

Three essays, thought papers rather than research assignments (6 pages each, typewritten), spaced at equal intervals over the term. At least one paper shall be written before the Spring Break. 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 students own work prepared without unauthorized assistance. Two examinations. Attendance policy: after the fourth unexcused absence one-half grade will be deducted from the final course grade. Excused absences shall be for illness or family emergency.


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; Macbeth - Leskov, Lady Macbeth of Mstensk, Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mstensk (opera); 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)


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