Slavic Languages and Literatures | Russian Literature: Pushkin to Dostoevsky
R263 | ALL | Staff


Andrew Durkin


This course will offer a survey of major works,authors, and trends
in Russian literature
from the end of the eighteenth century to the latter part of the
nineteenth, the golden
age of Russian literature.  Readings (all in translation) and
discussion will focus
primarily on masterworks of prose fiction, but some drama and poetry
may also be included.
Attention will be paid to the social and historical background of
the readings, as well as
to developments in other arts in Russia and to cultural relations
between Russia and other
countries. Authors whose work we will read include Pushkin, Gogol,
Turgenev, Tolstoy, and
Dostoevsky, and others.

Requirements: for section (COAS Intensive Writing):

midterm and final test; four papers of six pages

minimum for section:

midterm and final; one paper of six pages minimum and shorter
writing assignments

R263/R563                             N. Perlina

Russian Literature of the First Half of the 19th Century

Purpose of the Course:

The course covers Russian literature from the beginning of the 19th
century (Karamzin) to
approximately mid-sixties (Dostoevsky). An introductory lecture will
consist in giving the
historical and cultural background; the early 19th century  will be
introduced only by
Karamzin's story "Poor Liza". Each of the works rmentioned in the
reading list will be
submitted to close textual analysis, in addition to a general
discussion of the author and
his time.

The authors to be covered show the evolution from Sentimentalism
(Karamzin) to realism
(the tendency that emphasizes the limitations that real life imposes
on the individuals
and shows the effects). Elements of literary criticism will be
introduced in order to
attain at a better understanding of the authors' intentions and
artistic achievements.

We will discuss the works' historical setting in order to see better
how they represent
the period's primary social forms, and how the authors portray the
Russian polite society
and the simple people. We will also treat the works' relation to
human experience: how do
the characters decide between their true "I" and the roles the
society imposes on them?
How do men and women reveal their feelings and affectations? How do
social and
philosophical problems find their way into the work of arts? Who is
the hero/heroine of
Russian literature of the 1800's-1850's?

You will learn, how to discuss specific problems and how to express
your critical opinions
effectivelly. You will also learn, how to do bibliographical
research and how to use
auxiliary sources for your papers. You are encouraged to consult
with me papers you will
have to write.

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
discussions of the
works. You will have to write four papers for this course; 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. There is no final exam for this course.
The grades will be
determined by the following: 10%---attendance and class
participation; 20% ---first and
second paper (each); 25%--third and fourth paper (each).

Reading list (books are available from the IU Bookstore)

Carl Proffer, ed. Russian Literature from Karamzin to Bunin
A. Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
M. Lermontov, A Hero of our Time
N. Gogol, The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil
I. Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
F. Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment