Spring 2009 not offered
The 19th-century novel is widely regarded as the supreme achievement of Russian literature. This course will trace its development from Pushkin's elegant, witty novel in verse, EUGENE ONEGIN, through the grotesque comedies of Gogol, to the realist masterpieces of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, with their complex depiction of human psychology and the philosophical struggles of late 19th-century society. We will consider the historical background in which the novels were produced and the tools developed by Russian critical theory, especially the Russian formalists and Mikhail Bakhtin, for understanding 19th-century Russian prose.
The novels that we read engage in a dialogue with the political, historical, philosophical, and religious discourses that compose 19th century Russia. Study of the novels entails learning those various languages of 19th century Russian culture. A reading of the classics of the 19th century Russian literature will teach the genres and styles that shape these novels as they evolve in Russian literary history.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)