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

Spring 2007

RUS 360 • Bulgakov and THe Master and Margarita: A Souce Study

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45775 TWTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 2.124

Course Description

This course will examine -- within the Stalin-era Soviet context -- the texts and philosophies that significantly influenced Bulgakov in the creation of his novel. You will examine these various texts (philosophical treatises, stories, folklore, plays, paintings, operas, and films) and discover the ways that they influenced the shape of the novel and how they appear within the dual story lines and the numerous characters. Through our discussions you will have the chance to refine and articulate your conclusions, first orally and then in your writing. Ultimately, the course will allow you to reexamine your own philosophy of Good and Evil in the 21st century.

Grading Policy

Short essay (5 pp.) 20% Longer essay (10-12 pp.) 30% Final Examination 30% Active enthusiastic participation 20%


The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov, Burgin and O'Connor, trans. New York: Vintage Books, 1995. " Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, New York: Norton & Co., 2001. " The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri, New York: Everymans, 1995. " Packet of readings (available at Speedway Printers in Dobie Mall),


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