RCHUMS 347 - Survey of Russian Literature
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, HU
Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Russian is not required. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is presupposed.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course focuses on the masterpieces of Russian fiction written between 1820 and 1870, including such classics of world literature as Tolstoy's War and Peace and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Evolving fast from Romanticism to High Realism, this period marks a blossoming of Russian culture, despite strained relations with political authorities. We will trace how writers treated the political, social, intellectual, and religious issues dividing their contemporaries, creating a unique kind of literature that claimed authority over society in settling these problems. Topics include romantic self-fashioning and posturing (including such risky aristocratic games as dueling and gambling), gender relations, the fate of the educated in society, violence and repentance, reform and stagnation, history and the private self, Russia and the West. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is presupposed. Participation in class discussion, two short papers, and a final exam.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Aleksandr Pushkin, Eugene Onegin (Dana Point: Ardis, 1993)
  • Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time (Dana Point: Ardis, 1988)
  • Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons (New York: Norton, 1994)
  • Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (Oxford: World's Classics Ser., Oxford UP, 1991)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (New York: Norton, 1989)
  • Course pack from Accu-Copy.

RCHUMS 347 - Survey of Russian Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
14301
Open
16
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
P
26184
Open
4
 
-
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
26185
Open
12
 
-
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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Coursepack Location:
Accu-Copy, 518 East William Street
ISBN: 0307266931
War and peace, Author: Leo Tolstoy ; translated from the Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky., Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf 1st ed. 2007
Required
ISBN: 9780140447958
A hero of our time, Author: Mikhail Lermontov ; translated by Paul Foote., Publisher: Penguin Rev. ed. 2001
Required
ISBN: 9780199538645
Eugene Onegin : a novel in verse, Author: Alexander Pushkin ; translated with an introduction and notes by James E. Falen., Publisher: Oxford University Press Reissued. 2009
Required
ISBN: 9780393927979
Fathers and children, Author: Ivan Turgenev ; translated and edited by Michael R. Katz., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2nd ed. 2008
Required
ISBN: 9780393956238
Crime and punishment : the Coulson translation, backgrounds and sources, essays in criticism, Author: Feodor Dostoevsky ; edited by George Gibian., Publisher: Norton 3. ed. 1989
Required
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