Slavic Languages and Literatures | SEMINAR IN RUSSIAN LIT
R601 | 26124 | Perlina
Writings of Gogol and Bulgakov have received a wide resonance in European
literatures. The seminar will examine the following major areas of Gogol-Bulgakov
correlations and their subsequent interpretations from the position of contemporary
1. Motifs, themes, and recurrent images which the writers believed to be central for
their time and their writings: Gogolís texts within the context of Bulgakovís writings.
Gogol and Bulgakov within the context of contemporary fiction writing.
2. Reflection and self-reflection as the main principle of Gogolís and Bulgakovís poetics:
creative intuition in Gogol and Bulgakov; ďauthor and the authoritiesĒ as the subject of
3. Irony and self-irony in Gogol and Bulgakov: the structures of irony from the position
of contemporary Literary theories; irony, parody, and satire in Gogol and Bulgakov.
4. The structure of an individual masterpiece: aesthetics and ethics of metapoesis in the
writings of Gogol and Bulgakov.
The seminar combines lectures and topical discussions; the participants are required to
contribute to analytical readings and interpretations of primary sources and critical
studies. The entire corpus of Gogolís and Bulgakovís writings will be arranged thematically
and broken into two parts: required and recommended/alternative readings.
Every student will be asked:
1. to present a 20-min. report and to serve as a discussant at someone elseís
presentation. Presentations are to be submitted in both oral and written form; the
instructor and the discussant are to be provided with the written copy of a report one
week prior the presentation. By agreement with the instructor, an oral report may be
substituted by writing a book review of a new critical/ analytical study
2. to produce a research on individual works or a particular aspect of Gogol/Bulgakov
poetics. The final paper is expected to be about 15-20 pages (a potential contribution to a