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Spring 2012-2013
* SLA 221 (LA)  

Soviet Literature, 1917-1965

Petre M. Petrov

The course surveys major literary texts and trends in the half-century period between the Revolution of 1917 and the end of Khrushchev's Thaw. We will examine works by avant-garde authors, proletarian-minded writers, and those "fellow travelers" who continued to create under a Soviet regime increasingly hostile to them. In reading these texts, we will focus attention on major cultural topics such as: the avant-garde and the fate of art; the Russian intelligentsia and the Revolution; the political regimentation of culture; the nature and method of socialist realism.

Sample reading list:
Zamyatin, E., We
Babel, I., Red Cavalry
Olesha, Iu, Envy
Bulgakov, M., The Master and Margarita
Solzhenitsyn, A., One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly response papers

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41123 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   Scheide Caldwell House   209   Enrolled:7 Limit:20