RUSS 203
Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature in Translation Fall 2023
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 203
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Description: Nineteenth Century Russian literature is well known for its exploration of extreme states of consciousness. Because of this, it also contains some of the most compelling diagnoses of the illnesses and malaise of the modern condition: alienation, loss of meaning, suffering in face of the abuse of power, and the destructiveness of hyperrationality. Covering Russian literature’s first modern treatments of madness up to the Silver Age, we will take this theme as a path to explore 19 th century Russian literature as a whole. We will read works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and others in order to better understand the Russian response to modernity and cast our glance along with them into the depths of the human soul.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 1869
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Daily reading and participation 20%; 1 paper illustrating the practice of close reading 1-2 pp. 10%; paper 2: paper comparing two readings 3-4 pp. 15%; paper 3, comparing two readings or a creative assignment "re-writing" a Russian classic 4-5 pp. 20%; Final paper + presentation (essay on a critical work or story that we did not read or an independent creative assignment): 5-6 pp. 25%; Course Test or final essay: 10%.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: RUSS or COMP
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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