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Spring 2012-2013
* SLA 220 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Great Russian Novel and Beyond: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Others

Ellen B. Chances

An examination of significant trends in Russian literature from the 2nd half of the 19th century to the Russian Revolution and a bit beyond. The course focuses on many masterpieces of 19th & 20th-century Russian literature. The works (mostly novels) are considered from a stylistic point of view and in the context of Russian historical and cultural developments. The course also focuses on questions of values and on the eternal "big questions" of life that are raised in the literature. Authors read include Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bely, Nabokov, and Kharms.

Sample reading list:
Turgenev, Fathers and Children
Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Chekhov, Selected short stories and drama
Bely, Petersburg
Nabokov, The Defense

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading averages 150 pages a week. Choice of final exam or a 10-15 page paper. Topic selected by student in consultation with professor. Final is given more weight than midterm. Class participation is extremely important.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 33%
Final Exam - 34%
Class/Precept Participation - 33%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Curiosity. Knowledge of Russian not required. Open to first-year students as well as to sophomores, juniors and seniors..

Other information:
Course is open to anyone interested in reading some of the great works of Russian literature.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41598 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   62   Enrolled:19 Limit:35
P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B13   Enrolled:0 Limit:12
P03 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm T   East Pyne Building   228   Enrolled:0 Limit:12