RUSS 306
Rise and Shine with Tolstoy Spring 2022
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 306
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Prepare to alternately fall in love and lock horns with this illustrious nineteenth-century Russian author. He is worth it. Whether searching for the meaning of life, interrogating what it means to love another human being or struggling with religious faith, Tolstoy was a busy, busy man and a prolific writer. This course will examine his life and major works in the broader context of Western intellectual history. Readings will include his two great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina, as well as a number of shorter works, such as The Cossacks and The Death of Ivan Ilych. We will also consider some of Tolstoy’s aesthetic and religious writing as we examine his constant, rich, and at times surprising development as one of the greatest artists and thinkers of the 19th-century.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 3574
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: timely completion of all reading assignments, active and substantive class participation, discussion leading, 4-5 short essays, and a final project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: RUSS and COMP majors, then students studying Russian
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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