Russian Literature - Course Description

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Russia encompasses eleven time zones and climates that range from arctic to subtropical. Russian history discusses tyrants, heroes, artists, saints, and rebels. In this class, literature is a gateway to Russian history and culture as well as to archetypal human questions. We begin with fairy tales and icons and continue with stories of Russia's acceptance of eastern orthodox Christianity, the Mongol invasions, and the biography of Peter the Great, all of which give insight into Russia’s simultaneous attraction to and rejection of the West. We read Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Akhmatova, and Yevtushenko.