RUSS 346
The Nineteenth-Century Povest' Spring 2025
Division I

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Among the genres that made nineteenth-century Russian literature famous, perhaps the most elusive is the povest’. Neither short story nor novella, the term povest’ describes a type of short fiction, which any author aspiring to literary greatness in nineteenth-century Russia felt obliged to take on. This course surveys representative povesti by Russian writers from Karamazin to Chekhov, offering a survey of nineteenth-century Russian literature through the lens of its short fiction. Along the way, we will read povesti by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. All works will be read in the Russian original.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 10
Expected: 5
Class#: 3224
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: completion of all reading assignments; two oral presentations in class; two short papers; a final project presented in class
Prerequisites: RUSS 202 or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Russian majors and those pursuing the Russian certificate.
Distributions: Division I

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