RUSS 203
Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature Fall 2021
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 203
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This course will introduce you to some of the most influential literary texts of the nineteenth-century Russian literature that became moral, ideological, and aesthetic touchstones for all later periods of Russian culture. We will study the works of Pushkin, Gogol, Lermontov, Turgenev, Chernyshevsky, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov with attention to their thematic and aesthetic preoccupations, socio-political and philosophical contributions, and historical contexts. Topics of particular interest include Russia’s national and imperial identity; Russia’s experiment in Westernization; questions of religion and science; the fluctuating meanings of social class and rebellion. By the end of this course, you will have acquired a basic understanding of the history, aesthetics, and politics of nineteenth-century Russian literary culture, as well as its broader legacy. You will have strengthened your reading and writing skills through training to read primary texts closely and analytically. All readings are in English.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1623
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: participation, reading responses on Glow, one presentation, one short paper, final research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students majoring or considering a major in Russian or Comparative literature
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RUSS 203 Division I COMP 203 Division I
Attributes: GBST Russian + Eurasian Studies

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