Reading Stories: Great Short Works from Tolstoy to Petrushevskaya
Fall 2016 not offered
REES 240, RULE 240
This course is designed to help students improve their writing through the close reading and analysis of short stories and novellas by Russian masters of the form. In each class, we will discuss one literary work. Students will be asked to bring to each class their ideas on how to construct an argument that could be developed into a written interpretation of the work. These discussions, along with work on English grammar and style as elucidated by Strunk & White and R. L. Trask, will inform students' own writing (four five-page papers). We will read works in the realist tradition from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century that include Tolstoy's novellas of Cossacks and adulterous members of the nobility, Chekhov's subtle psychological tales, Bunin's reflections from exile on a lost Russia, Babel's stories of the Civil War and of Jewish Odessa, Bulgakov's sketches of life as a country doctor, and Petrushevskaya's modern stories of the tortured lives of women in the late Soviet period.
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|Course Format: Seminar
|Grading Mode: Student Option
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-MN)
Lev Tolstoy, THE COSSACKS, THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH, THE KREUTZER SONATA, FATHER SERGIUS
Anton Chekhov, THE HOUSE WITH A MANSARD, THE MAN IN A CASE, GOOSEBERRIES, ABOUT LOVE, THE LADY WITH THE DOG, THE BISHOP, THE BETROTHED
Ivan Bunin, IDA, LIGHT BREATHING, TANYA, COLD FALL
Isaac Babel, RED CAVALRY STORIES, THE STORY OF MY DOVECOTE, HOW IT WAS DONE IN ODESSA
Mikhail Bulgakov, NOTES OF A COUNTRY DOCTOR
Liudmila Petrushevskaya, IMMORTAL LOVE
William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White, THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE (4th edition)
R. L. Trask, MIND THE GAFFE!
|Examinations and Assignments:
Four 5-page papers; short writing and grammar exercises. Attendance is required. Papers must be submitted in hard copy. Conducted in English.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
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