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The 19th-Century Russian Novel
RUSS 205
Fall 2011
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: REES 205, RULE 205

The 19th-century novel is widely regarded as the supreme achievement of Russian literature. This course will trace its development from Pushkin's elegant, witty novel in verse, EUGENE ONEGIN, through the grotesque comedies of Gogol, to the realist masterpieces of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, with their complex depiction of human psychology and the philosophical struggles of late 19th-century society. We will consider the historical background in which the novels were produced and the tools developed by Russian critical theory, especially the Russian formalists and Mikhail Bakhtin, for understanding 19th-century Russian prose.

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students are expected to write papers that are close readings and interpretations of literary texts. Part of each lecture and discussion is devoted to interpretation. Students are expected to learn the historical and cultural background of 19th C. Russia.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RUSS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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