RUS 383 • 20th Century Russian Literature
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
This course is an introduction to Russian prose of the twentieth century. Over the course of the semester we will look at the ways in which early twentieth century authors such as Ivan Bunin, Isaac Babel, Yury Olesha, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov and others envisioned the communist utopia. We will also read a number of authors from the second half of the century such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Tatiana Tolstaia, Viktor Erofee, as well as the extraordinarily popular Viktor Pelevin, whose 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.
3 essays (6 pages each) = 70% In-class presentation = 15% Quizzes and class participation = 15%
Envy, Yury Olesha (tr. Marian Schwartz) Happy Moscow, Andrei Platonov (tr. Robert Chandler) Homo Zapiens, Viktor Pelevin (tr. Andrew Bromfield) Life With An Idiot, Victor Erofeyev (tr. Andrew Reynolds) The Life of Insects, Viktor Pelevin (tr. Andrew Bromfield) The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (tr. Diana Burgin & Katherine Tiernan O' Connor) Red Cavalry, Isacc Babel (tr. David McDuff) Sleepwalker in a Fog, Tatiana Tolstaia (tr. ?) We, Yevgeny Zamyatin (Mirra Ginsburg)