Slavic Languages and Literatures | Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn
R264 | ALL | Perlina

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 written 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 illustrated
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 stories from Clarence Brown
anthology The Potrable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader and by a
collection of texts selected by the instructor.

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. 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% ---oral presentation and second paper (each);
25%--first and third paper (each).

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)