Slavic Languages and Literatures | Russian Literature: Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn
R264 | 3997 | Kiziria

Purpose of the Course:

The course traces the development of Russian literature from mid -
19th century to the present (Solzhenistyn and the young writers of
the Former Soviet Union). An introductory lecture will consist in
giving the historical and cultural background; the 19th
century will be introduced mainly by Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov
(Anna Karenina and "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"). The most
interesting aesthetic phenomena of the turn of the century will be
illustrated by a selection of short stories writte
n by Anton Chekhov, Ivan Bunin, Andrey Bely, and by a play "The
Lower Depth" by Maxim Gorky (1902).

An allegorical tale "The Cave" by Evgeny Zamyatin will illustrate
the destructive impact of a political upheaval on peoples' morality.
Further varieties of ideological and aesthetic changes within the
framework of Russian Soviet literature" will be illust
rated by the writings of Isaak Babel, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Iury
Olesha, and Mikhail Bulgakov. The vast span of years separating
Vladimir Nabokov's prose (1925) from that of Liudmila Petrushevskaya
(1979) will be represented by a collection of short storie
s from Clarence Brown anthology The Potrable Twentieth-Century
Russian Reader and by a collection of texts selected by the

Attendance, Writing Assignments, Grades:

You are allowed a total of three cuts during the semester. Since so
much of the work of this course takes place in the classroom, any
more cuts will affect your grade. You will be given questions which
will help you to organize your readings and discussio
ns of the works. For this course, you will have to write three
papers and to present an oral discussion of a short story. You will
have a choice of questions to write, but you may suggest your own
topics as well. Deadlines for the papers are shown in the
syllabus. Topics for oral presentations are to be discussed with the
instructor two weeks before your presentations. There is no final
exam for this course. The grades will be determined by the
following: 10%---attendance and class participation; 20% ---o
ral presentation and second paper (each); 25%--first and third paper

Reading list (books are available from the IU Bookstore)
Carl R. Proffer, ed. From Karamzin to Bunin: An Anthology of Russian
Short Stories (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1969)
Clarence Brown, ed. The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader
(Penguin, 1985)
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (Grove)
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Bantam or Norton)
Instructor's Reader (will be made available from the Department by
the beginning of February)