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The Russian and English Novel
ENGL 266
Fall 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: RUSS 270, REES 270, RULE 270

Like authors today, the great writers of 19th- and early 20th-century England and Russia drew inspiration from books written far away. This team-taught course examines the many modes of interaction that connect English and Russian novels, from direct inspiration to resonances of theme and form. We begin with NORTHANGER ABBEY and EUGENE ONEGIN, two novels about the nature of literature, the interplay of art and reality, and the significance of genre. We then turn to two monumental treatments of the "woman question" and the new identities made possible by modern life, MIDDLEMARCH and ANNA KARENINA. The final section of the course considers the beginnings of Modernism and the interplay of consciousness, memory, and artistic creation in MRS. DALLOWAY and THE REAL LIFE OF SEBASTIAN KNIGHT. Through close readings of each text, we will travel from English villages to Russian country estates, from St. Petersburg to London, tracing how an international and comparative conversation shaped the ever-changing conception of the novel as a genre and of the stories it might tell.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Brit Lit)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on APR-19-2014
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