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

Fall 2007

RUS 356 • Russian Short Stories

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47175 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

In this course we will explore the wealth of Russian nineteenth-century literature through a series of shorter works which present the classic authors in their most concentrated form. The range is enormous: stories of penetrating psychological and philosophical analysis, tales of human pathos and social satire, pastoral visions, great love stories, war reportage, annals of carnal vice and religious exaltation. We begin with the best of Russian romantic fiction, move on to the world of realistic narrative and finally to the highly stylized or delicately suggestive works of the Russian fin-de-si├Ęcle.

Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. May not be used to fulfil the foreign lannguage requirement for any Bachelor's degree.Lectures and reading are in English. Previously taught at 19th Century Russian Short Stories-W. 19th Century Russian Short Stories-W and Russian Short Stories may not both be counted for credit.

Grading Policy

Essays: 60% Exams: 40% Extra credit for active class participation.


Pushkin "The Queen of Spades," Tales of Belkin. Gogol Dikanka stories, Mirgorod (selected stories). Petersburg Tales (selected stories). Turgenev Sportsman's Sketches (selected stories). First Love, The Song of Triumphant Love. Dostoevsky A Gentle Creature, utopian myths. Tolstoi The Sevastopol Stories. The Death of Ivan Ilich, After the Ball. Leskov The Sealed Angel ,Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. Chekhov Ward Six and other stories.


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