Spring 2009 not offered
Close reading and analysis of the fictional and dramatic works of Nikolai Gogol (1809-52), who along with Alexander Pushkin dominated the Russian literary scene of the first half of the 19th century. Gogol created a phantasmagorical world of devils and witches coexisting with the gritty details of life in St. Petersburg and the Russian provinces. His satirical observations delighted socially-conscious contemporary critics, while his linguistic experimentation and subversion of the rules of logic inspired modernist writers at the beginning of the 20th century. We will consider Gogol's response to Romantic aesthetics, the permutations of his interest in the demonic, his appropriation of the legacy of Pushkin, and the history of his reception by Russian and Western writers and critics.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)