Slavic Languages and Literatures | Russian Lit: Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn
R264 | ALL | Beaver
This course traces the development of Russian literature roughly
from the 1870s to the 1970s. Part 1: We will begin with the Realism
of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; readings will include
Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and plays by Anton Chekhov and Maksim Gorky.
Part 2: The very rich period from the 1910s to the 1930s will be
represented by selections of poetry and short stories (including the
writings of Blok, Akhmatova, Zamyatin, Mayakovsky and Platonov) as
well as Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita. Part 3:
The aesthetic and ideological upheavals caused by the Soviet regime,
which will be addressed during the second part of the course, will
be extended by the third part, covering the 1940s–1970s. Readings
will include Solzhenitsyn’s short novel One Day in the Life of Ivan
Denisovich (published in 1962 but looking back to the 1940s) and a
selection of short stories and poetry from the 1960s. The trend
of “realism” will be capped off by Ludmila Petrushevskaya’s
play “Three Girls in Blue,” and the opposite trend will be
represented by Venedikt Erofeev’s grotesque mock-epic Moscow to the
End of the Line.
Course requirements will be variable, to accommodate three groups of
students: (1) regular enrollment; (2) enrollment with Intensive
Writing credit; and (3) the graduate student option (registration
under the designation R564).