Gogol and His Legacy: Witches, Con Men, and Runaway Noses|
Spring 2020 not offered
REES 277, RULE 277, WLIT 242|
Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), hailed as one of Russia's greatest and most distinctive writers, created a phantasmagorical world of devils and witches coexisting with the gritty details of life in Ukraine, St. Petersburg, and the Russian provinces. Gogol's satirical observations delighted socially conscious contemporary critics, while his linguistic experimentation and subversion of the rules of logic inspired later modernist writers. Roughly half of the course is devoted to major writers of the twentieth century. We will consider Gogol's interest in the demonic; his complex identity as a bilingual writer claimed by both Ukraine and Russia as one of their greatest cultural figures; the influence of his formal and linguistic experimentation on later writers such as Dostoevsky, Nabokov, and Bulgakov, with his vision of the Devil visiting Soviet Moscow; and Gogol's reception by modern Russian and Western writers and critics. The course is conducted in English.
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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)
Gogol, "The Nose," "The Overcoat," other stories
Gogol, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
Gogol, DEAD SOULS
Dostoevsky, "The Eternal Husband"
Sologub, THE PETTY DEMON
Bely, excerpts from GOGOL'S ARTISTRY
Kharms, TODAY I WROTE NOTHING
Bulgakov, HEART OF A DOG, "The Adventures of Chichikov"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Frequent short ungraded papers; three longer papers. Attendance and participation required. All written work must be submitted in hard copy. Conducted in English.
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