Slavic Languages & Literatures | Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
R334 | ALL | Perlina
The course attempts to cover, along with the history of Russian literature,
many of the most urgent issues in the intellectual and socio-political life
of the 19th century. The discussions will be focused on the three major
novels by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky (War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov,
The Idiot.) and on the selections of their novellas.
Course description and course requirements:
Since most of the students are already familiar with Crime and
Punishment and Anna Karenina, the emphasis will be given to The Brothers
Karamazov,War and Piece and Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot. The novels
provide artistic representations to the thoughts which preoccupied Tolstoy
and Dostoevsky through their lives. The authors' shorter works will be
projected upon the background of these masterpieces. Except for two
beginning sessions, the course will combine lectures and discussions. All
students are obliged to participate in daily discussions.
Working for this course, each student is expected;
1. to present a 15 minute report and to develop this presentation in an
analytical study of a chosen topic (6-8 pp). Drafts for oral presentations
are to be consulted with the instructor a week before their presentations,
and the written texts submitted to the instructor a week after the oral
presentation.. The topics should be chosen from the works other than War and
Peace and The Brothers Karamazov.
2. to write a mid-term paper on either Tolstoy or Dostoevsky and to
consider the major questions raised either in The Brothers Karamazov or in
War and Peace ;
3. to produce a final paper focused on the most important themes of
Tolstoy's and Dostoevsky's writings.
Mid-term and final papers are expected to be about 10-12 pp. each.
Reading list (all books are available from IU Bookstore)
Great Short Works (NY: Harper & Row, 1968)
The House of the Dead (Penguin, 1985)
Crime and Punishment (NY: Norton)
The Idiot (Penguin or Norton)
The Brothers Karamazov (NY: Norton)
Great Short Works, ed. John Bayley (Penguin, 1967)
War and Peace (NY: Norton)
Anna Karenina (Norton or Bantam Books)