Spring 2009 not offered
REES 252, COL 262|
During the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Tolstoy wrote his novels and stories, literature was viewed in Russia as the intelligentsia's primary medium for debating its big questions (such as how to resolve the inequalities that had been institutionalized under serfdom, or how to choose between new and old values as Russia experienced modernization). Writers like Tolstoy and Dostoevsky willingly assumed the responsibility to address a broad range of political, historical, and philosophical-religious questions in their fiction, and they wrote novels with radical formulations as well as solutions to these questions. However, they also viewed literature, particularly the novel, as a medium with rich potential for innovative formal experimentation; and so they resisted the call for conventional ideological novels. Each of Tolstoy's best works is an innovative formal experiment that creates an unprecedented, new type of novel. Who in Russia could have expected a novel like WAR AND PEACE in the 1860s, ANNA KARENINA in the 1870s, THE KREUTZER SONATA in the 1880s, RESURRECTION in the 1890s, or HADZHI MURAD on the eve of Russia's 1905 Revolution? This course will study how Tolstoy's writings both responded to and transcended their times by creating new novelistic forms and new truths within those forms.
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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)
Tolstoy, CHILDHOOD, THE RAID, WOOD CUTTING, SEBASTOPOL STORIES, WAR AND PEACE, ANNA KARENINA, CONFESSION, DREUTZER SONATA, THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH, MASTER AND MAN, HADZHI MURAD
Christian, TOLSTOY'S DIARIES, THE LETTERS OF TOLSTOY
Eikhenbaum, YOUNG TOLSTOY, TOLSTOY IN THE SIXTIES
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers (5-7pp.), frequent one-page papers for facilitating class discussions, mid-term exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Extensive reading, email exchange of discussion topics, active participation in class discussions.
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