Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Leslie O'Bell

Other facultyPh.D., Harvard University

Associate Professor, Retired
Leslie O'Bell



REE 325 • 19th-C Russian Short Stories-W

45515 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 103
(also listed as RUS 356, WCV 320)

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REE 325 • The Russian Novel-W

44730 • Spring 2009
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 2.128

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Undergraduate Courses

RUS 356/REE 325 1-The Russian Novel-W

Course Description

Not all classic Russian novels top 500 pages.  Saving these giants for another time,

we will explore the wealth of the novel in Russia, from the unconventional beginnings of the tradition to its picturesque disintegration with the approach of modernism and the revolution.  One of our novels contains a bomb ticking quietly in a sardine can.  In one of them the hero literally blows his opponent away in a duel.  There is philosophy, poetry, comedy and apocalypse.

 Format:  informal lecture and discussion.  Emphasis is on the texts themselves, their significance in Russian culture and in human experience.

 Course requirements:  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.  Revision or resubmission will be permitted for at least one paper, with the instructor’s permission.  All written work shall be the student’s own work prepared without unauthorized assistance.  Two examinations.

Satisfies the substantial writing component requirement.

All readings in English.