Gogol and His Legacy: Witches, Con Men, and Runaway Noses|
Fall 2022 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 AND OTHER STORIES (Columbia University Press), ISBN 9780231190695
Gogol, DEAD SOULS (Yale U. Press)
Gogol, THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (Northwestern)
Dostoevsky, "The Eternal Husband" (Melville House)
Sologub, THE PETTY DEMON (Ardis)
Bulgakov, THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (Vintage)
Kharms, TODAY I WROTE NOTHING (Overlook)
Nabokov, NIKOLAI GOGOL (New Directions)
Nabokov, PNIN (Anchor)
Yuz Aleshkovsky, NIKOLAI NIKOLAEVICH AND CAMOUFLAGE (Columbia U.)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers; ungraded response papers; attendance and participation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Conducted in English.
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