Slavic Languages and Literatures | Tolstoy and Dostoevsky
R534 | 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
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
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)
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)
Great Short Works, ed. John Bayley (Penguin, 1967)
War and Peace (NY: Norton)
Anna Karenina (Norton or Bantam Books)