RUS 356 • Russian 20th Century Masterpieces - W
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
The course is an introduction to the great Russian works of the twentieth century. Over the course of the semester we will look at the ways in which early twentieth century authors such as Isaac Babel, Yury Olesha, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov and others who envisioned the communist utopia. We will also read a number of authors from the second half of the century such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Venedikt Erofeev, as well as the extraordinarily popular Viktor Pelevin, whose contemporary short stories and novels depict life after communism. Primary texts will be supplemented with biographical/secondary readings and lectures meant to elucidate the cultural and political context of the works. Contemporary film will be used as well.
ALL READINGS ARE IN ENGLISH. BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE UNIVERSITY CO-OP. THE COURSEPACK WILL BE AT SPEEDWAY COPYING IN THE DOBIE MALL.
Three essays (6 pages each) 70% In-class presentation 15% Quizzes and class participation 15%
Extra credit for active class participation. 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 letter grade.
Happy Moscow, Andrei Platonov (tr. Robert Chandler) The Life of Insects, Viktor Pelevin (tr. Andrew Bromfield) The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (tr. Diana Burgin & Katherine Tiernan O' Connor) Moscow to the End of the Line, Venedikt Erofeev (tr. William Tjalsma) Red Cavalry, Isacc Babel (tr. Peter Constantine) We, Yevgeny Zamyatin (Mirra Ginsburg) COURSEPACK TO BE PURCHASED AT SPEEDWAY COPYING (contains two novels, selected stories and secondary readings)