Slavic Languages and 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)
F. Dostoevsky:
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)
L. Tolstoy:
Great Short Works,  ed. John Bayley (Penguin, 1967)
War and Peace (NY: Norton)
Anna Karenina (Norton or Bantam Books)