Reading Stories: Great Short Works from Gogol to Petrushevskaya (FYS)|
Fall 2021 not offered
REES 240F, RULE 240F, WLIT 240F|
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. 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 being discussed. These discussions, along with work on building logical arguments, recognizing propaganda and disinformation, and polishing grammar and style, will inform students' own writing (four 5-page papers). We will read works from the 19th century to the late 20th century that include Tolstoy's novellas of faith, adultery, and facing death; Gogol's surreal comedies and urbanistic fantasies; Chekhov's subtle psychological tales; Bunin's reflections from exile on a lost Russia; 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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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)
Strunk and White, The Elements of Style, 4th ed. (Longman), ISBN 0-205-31342-6
Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English (Random House), ISBN 978-0-8129-9570-1
Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoy's Short Fiction (Norton), ISBN 978-0-393-93150-1
Nikolai Gogol, The Nose and Other Stories (Columbia), ISBN: 9780231190695
Anton Chekhov, Selected Stories (Norton), ISBN 978-0-393-92530-2
Ivan Bunin, Collected Stories (Ivan R. Dee), ISBN 978-1-56663-758-9
Mikhail Bulgakov, Notes of a Country Doctor (Melville House), ISBN 978-1-61219-190-4
Liudmila Petrushevskaya, Immortal Love (Pantheon), ISBN-10: 0679422579; ISBN-13: 978-0679422570
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Four 5-page papers; short writing and grammar exercises. Attendance is required. Conducted in English.
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THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
Synchronous Zoom sessions at class time. Attendance at Zoom sessions, or viewing recordings later if time zone makes it impossible to attend at class time, will be required. Moodle will be used intensively. Individual in-person meetings may be arranged if circumstances permit.
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