RUSSIAN 469 - 20th-Century Authors
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Taught in English.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This course examines the works and careers of three of the masters of twentieth-century Russian prose: Isaak Babel’, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Andrei Platonov. Their works will be individually analyzed, but also read with due regard for their historical context. The literary and social worlds from which they emerged, and the ways in which their writing was shaped by historical circumstances will be studied, as will the posthumous fate of their texts and the ways in which many of those texts took their place in Russian letters long after the authors themselves had died.

Particular attention will be paid to the most significant works of each author — the cycles Red Cavalry and Odessa Stories of Babel’; Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, and Platonov’s Foundation Pit and Chevengur. Of especial interest will be the textual histories of these works — the stories of their composition, modification, delayed and fragmentary publication, etc; the relationship between material and conceptual text will be examined in each case, and the consequences for the reception of each work will be explored.

Three class presentations, three papers. Informal lectures, with student participation in class discussions expected.

RUSSIAN 469 - 20th-Century Authors
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 1442133171
The Master and Margarita, Author: Bulgakov, Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9780393048469
The complete works of Isaac Babel, Author: Babel?, I. (Isaak), 1894-1941., Publisher: Norton 2002
ISBN: 9781860460500
The foundation pit, Author: Platonov, Andrei? Platonovich, 1899-1951., Publisher: Harvill Press 1996
ISBN: 1590173058
The foundation pit, Author: by Andrey Platonov ; introduction by Robert Chandler ; translation by Robert Chandler, Elizabeth Chandler, and Olga Meerson., Publisher: New York Review Books 2009
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