Slavic Languages and Literatures | Tolstoy
R533 | ALL | Durkin

An overview of Tolstoy's career and major works, with particular
emphasis on his major novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Selected fiction from both his early and late periods
("Childhood," "The Sevastopol Sketches,"  "Family Happiness," "The
Cossacks"/"The Death of Ivan Ilych," "Master and Man," "Father
Sergius," "Kholstomer," and others), as well as attention to
Tolstoy's dramatic works ("The Power of Darkness," etc.) and his
autobiographical and polemical writings.  Discussion will focus on
Tolstoy's contributions to psychological realism and his innovations
in the form of the novel, as well as his significance as a social,
moral, and educational reformer.

Lectures and student presentations, with grades based  on the
presentations and subsequent papers.

Sample Syllabus:

Instructor:  A. R. Durkin  BH 574


NB:  It will be assumed that you will have read all assigned
readings by the start of the week for which the title appears, even
if classes run behind; classes will often involve detailed reference
to the text and discussion of specific passages, so familiarity with
the text is essential.  In the case of the two long novels, War and
Peace and Anna Karenina, you should plan on having a third or so of
the text read by the start of that assignment and completing it
while we are discussing the work.

Week of January 7    Intro

"           "  14   History of Yesterday; Childhood
"           "  21   Boyhood/Youth; Sevastopol Stories
"           "  28   Woodfelling; The Raid; Family Happiness
Week of February 4   War and Peace
"           "   11   War and Peace
"           "   18   War and Peace
"           "   25   Three Deaths; Kholstomer; The Cossacks
Week of March 4   Educational writings (excerpts); catch-up class
"           "  11  Spring Break
"           "  18   Anna Karenina
"           "  25   Anna Karenina
Week of      April 1   Anna Karenina
"           "   8   Confession; Death of Ivan Ilych  Power of
"           "  15   The Devil; Father Sergius; Master and Man;
Alyosha the Pot
"           "  22   Hadji Murad; What is Art; Writings on Religion
"           "  29   Exams


In the spirit of Tolstoy's ideas on education, I would like the
course to be conducted (insofar as possible) as a colloquium, that
is with as much student presentation, discussion, and independent
discovery as possible, and the instructor functioning more as a
guide and monitor than as a fount of wisdom.  Each student will be
asked to prepare one shorter work and one section of War and Peace
or Anna Karenina in depth and to serve as the main presenter in the
class devoted to that work or section.  Each topic thus presented
will then be the subject of a paper (thus two papers for each
student), one due at mid-semester (the end of February) and the
other at the end of the course.  Papers will constitute two-thirds
of the grade, the remaining third will be based on presentations and
general contribution to the class.