RUSSIAN 466 - Gogol
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will examine the works of Nikolai Gogol, the most unorthodox of nineteenth century Russian writers, the founder of magic realism and the father of the Gogolian line of Russian literature. We will investigate Gogol’s oeuvre from his early forays into folklore, the fantastic, and Romantic essayism, to his mature prose masterpieces and controversial late essays, considering his contributions to an array of genres such as the short story, the novel, and drama. Gogol’s writings will be analyzed in their broad historical, social, and cultural context, and in relation to comparable European developments, particularly to the common narratives of Romanticism and Realism. Topics include art of the absurd and religious allegory, national identity and relationship toward the other, popular vs. high culture, the supernatural, the grotesque and the sublime, verbal experimentation, and the nature of language and subjectivity. In addition to exploring Gogol’s œuvre , the course will introduce you to the history of Gogol criticism and major recent contributions to the Gogol scholarship. Special attention will be allotted to Gogol’s impact on later literary art both in Russia and worldwide.

No prior knowledge of Russian literature and culture is necessary.

RUSSIAN 466 - Gogol
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ACCU-COPY (518 E. WILLIAM ST., 769-8338)
ISBN: 0679760806
The Master & Margarita, Author: [by Mikhail Bulgakov] ; transl, Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1996
ISBN: 0192835521
Plays and Petersburg tales : Petersburg tales, marriage, the government inspector, Author: Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol; Ric, Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks New ed. 1998
ISBN: 0393952924
Dead souls : the Reavey translation, backgrounds and sources, essays in criticism, Author: Nikolai Gogol ; edited by Geor, Publisher: W.W. Norton 1985
ISBN: 0226300684
The complete tales of Nikolai Gogol, Author: edited, with an introduction a, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1985
ISBN: 0226300692
The complete tales of Nikolai Gogol, Author: edited, with an introduction a, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1985
ISBN: 9780679642558
Taras Bulba, Author: Gogol?, Nikolai? Vasil?evich,, Publisher: Modern Library 2003
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