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RUSS 340 A: Russia's Big Books

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
MGH 231
SLN: 
21098
Joint Sections: 
RUSS 543 A, ENGL 300 A, CHID 495 A, HONORS 240 A, C LIT 362 A
Instructor:
Galya Diment

Syllabus Description:

For a longer syllabus, see "Files." Please be mindful that there are different sections (Russ, Engl, Honors, CompLit) but it is all the same course and it also offers an optional "W" credit.

 

AUTUMN 2021: WAR AND PEACE

        INSTRUCTOR: PROFESSOR GALYA DIMENT

                                                                               

There is no “bigger” book than Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which we will be reading and analyzing in the Autumn Quarter of 2021. We will explore the historical times during which it was written as well as the Napoleonic Wars within which Tolstoy places his novel. The course will also examine the cultural and social milieu that produced the novel and examine critical literature that focuses on it. Optional “W.”

 

REQUIRED READINGS (ALL AT UW BOOKSTORE):

 

LEO TOLSTOY, WAR AND PEACE (NORTON CRITICAL EDITION)

ORLANDO FIGES, NATASHA’S DANCE: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF RUSSIA

GREGORY FREEZE, RUSSIA: A HISTORY

DOMINIC LIEVEN, RUSSIA AGAINST NAPOLEON: THE TRUE STORY OF THE

     CAMPAIGNS OF WAR AND PEACE

RICK MCPEAK & DONNA TUSSING ORWIN, TOLSTOY ON WAR: NARRATIVE

     ART AND HISTORICAL TRUTH IN "WAR AND PEACE"

DONNA TUSSING ORWIN, THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO TOLSTOY

Catalog Description: 
Studies one big/epic novel by the titans of Russian literature per quarter. Includes such novels as Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina, Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov, Goncharov's Oblomov, Bulgakov's Master and Margarita, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and Nabokov's Ada. All readings are in English. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
May 5, 2021 - 10:29pm
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