Murder and Adultery: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the 19th-Century Russian Novel|
Fall 2020 not offered
REES 205, RULE 205, WLIT 241|
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 comedy 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.
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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)
Alexander Pushkin, EUGENE ONEGIN, ISBN 9780199538645
Mikhail Lermontov, HERO OF OUR TIME, ISBN 9780199652686
Nikolai Gogol, DEAD SOULS, ISBN 9780300060997
Ivan Turgenev, FATHERS AND SONS, ISBN 9780141441337
Fyodor Dostoevsky, THE KARAMAZOV BROTHERS, ISBN 9780199536375
Leo Tolstoy, ANNA KARENINA, ISBN 9780393966428
Optional: D. S. Mirsky, HISTORY OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE, ISBN 9780810116795
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers (5 pp.), frequent one-page papers for facilitating class discussions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation are required. Papers must be submitted in hard copy. Conducted in English.
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