RUSSIAN 347 - Survey of Russian Literature
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Love, Death, and God: Russian Literary Classics 1820-1870
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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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. While his period marks a blossoming of Russian culture, relations between writers and political authorities were strained at the time. We will trace how writers treated the political, philosophical, and religious issues dividing their contemporaries. Topics include romantic love, the family, gender relations, God’s existence and humankind’s relationship to God, theodicy (the problem of evil) and human mortality, one’s ethical obligations to society and fellow humans, revolutionary violence, and religious repentance, and Russia and the West. No knowledge of Russian literature, history, or language is presupposed.

Course Requirements:

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


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

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