The 19th-Century Russian Novel|
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.
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Pushkin, EUGENE ONEGIN, THE TALES OF BELKIN, QUEEN OF SPADES
Mikhail Lermontov, HERO OF OUR TIME
Nikolai Gogol, "The Nose", "The Overcoat", DEAD SOULS
Fyodor Dostoevsky, NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
Leo Tolstoy, ANNA KARENINA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three papers (5-7 pp.), frequent one-page papers for facilitating class discussions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation are required. Papers must be submitted in hard copy. Conducted in English.
|Instructor(s): Fusso,Susanne Grace Times: .M.W.F. 11:00AM-11:50AM; Location: FISK302; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 2||JR major: 3|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 6||SO: 6||FR: 13|