A Matter of Life and Death: Fiction in the Soviet Era|
The great Russian writers of the 20th century risked their lives in insisting on moral absolutes to counter Soviet doctrine. Zamyatin's WE inspired BRAVE NEW WORLD and 1984; Bulgakov's MASTER AND MARGARITA remained hidden for 27 years; Solzhenitsyn risked submitting IVAN DENISOVICH during Khrushchev's Thaw - each decade has its characteristic masterpiece. Students who wish to read excerpts from the course offerings in the original Russian should see the instructor to enroll in a half-credit tutorial.
Students will make one ten-minute class presentation each. They will be coached on the verbal, oral, physical aspects of clear presentation, and required to stand up before the class with poise.
Three short papers will be peer-reviewed and rewritten; they will be submitted with the first drafts, which are to be signed by the reviewers; both the editing and the rewriting will be evaluated. Papers will be exercises in close reading, topics will be chosen by the student.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Pushkin, "The Bronze Horseman"
Bulgakov, MASTER AND MARGARITA
Stories by Babel, Aksyonov, Bitov, Aleshkovsky, Tatyana Tolstaya
Solzhenitsyn, A DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH; MATRYONA'S HOME
Eugeniya Ginsburg, JOURNEY INTO THE WHIRLWIND
Petrushevskaya, THE TIME: NIGHT
Ulitskaya, THE FUNERAL PARTY
Zinik, A CHANCE ENCOUNTER
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 4-page papers, and a final.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Oral presentation. Literature in Translation. Attendance and participation are required.
|Instructor(s): Meyer,Priscilla Times: .M.W.F. 11:00AM-11:50AM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 24||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 6||JR non-major: 6||SO: 6||FR: 5|
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