RCHUMS 347 - Survey of Russian Literature
Section: 001 Love, Death, and God: Russian Literary Classics 1820-1870
Term: FA 2017
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
A knowledge of Russian is not required. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is presupposed.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course focuses on the masterpieces of Russian fiction written between 1820 and 1870, including such classics of world literature as Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Fyodor 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.

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance at lectures and discussion sections
  • Active participation in class discussions
  • Three papers
  • Online responses
  • Final test

RCHUMS 347 - Survey of Russian Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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