RUSS 543 A: Seminar in Contemporary Russian Prose

Autumn 2022
Meeting:
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm / RAI 121
SLN:
21245
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
CHID 495 A , HONORS 240 A , C LIT 362 A , ENGL 300 A , RUSS 340 A
Instructor:
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

                                                          AUTUMN 2022: ANNA KARENINA

                                        Professor Galya Diment

                                                            TA: Svetlana Ostroverkhova

                                                                TTh 12:30-2:20; RAITT 121

                                        

ONE OF THE GREATEST "ROMANCES" EVER WRITTEN, ANNA KARENINA IS JUDGED BY MANY TO BE AN UNPRECEDENTED MASTERPIECE OF NOT ONLY RUSSIAN BUT WORLD LITERATURE. WE WILL EXPLORE THE HISTORICAL TIMES DURING WHICH IT APPEARED AND READ TOLSTOY’S WIFE’S DIARY AND, AMONG OTHER CRITICISM, VLADIMIR NABOKOV'S DELIGHTFUL TAKE ON THE NOVEL. THE COURSE WILL ALSO EXAMINE THE NOVEL'S MORAL AND IDEOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT FAMILY, MARRIAGE, RELATIONSHIP, WOMEN’S ROLE, AND HOW THESE REFLECTED THE AUTHOR'S (AND, HIS WIFE’S!) VIEWS AS WELL AS THE CULTURE AND SOCIETY AROUND HIM.

REQUIRED READINGS (ALL AT UBOOKSTORE):

LEO TOLSTOY, ANNA KARENINA (NORTON CRITICAL EDITION)

SOFIA TOLSTOY, DIARIES

JANE BURBANK et al., IMPERIAL RUSSIA: NEW HISTORIES FOR THE EMPIRE

VLADIMIR NABOKOV, LECTURES ON RUSSIAN LITERATURE    

DONNA TUSSING ORWIN, THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO TOLSTOY

 

GRADE BASED ON:

CLASS PARTICIPATION (INCLUDING QUIZZES) 10%; TAKE-HOME MIDTERM 40%; TAKE-HOME FINAL 50%

Catalog Description:
Analysis of Russian prose fiction. Selected authors and topics.
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
March 2, 2024 - 12:22 pm