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RUSS 306
Tolstoy and the Meaning of Life Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed RUSS 306 / COMP 306

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This course examines the works of the great Russian writer Lev Tolstoy, whose stories and novels represent a life-long quest to uncover the meaning of life. Readings include Tolstoy’s two major novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, as well as several shorter works, such as The Death of Ivan Ilych and Hadji Murad. We will also examine Tolstoy’s aesthetic and didactic writing so that we understand precisely how Tolstoy answers life’s most troubling questions, as well as what role artistic representation plays in these answers. All readings will be in English.
The Class: Format: seminar; some lecturing
Limit: none
Expected: 15
Class#: 3359
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: timely completion of all reading assignments, active class participation, three short papers, and a final research project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RUSS 306 Division I COMP 306 Division I
Attributes: GBST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives

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