|Twentieth-Century Russian Writers in Translation|
|Instructor:||Professor Peter Petro|
|Office:||Buchanan Tower 212|
|Class Schedule:||Mon Wed Fri 11:00 - 12:00|
|Important Course Pages|
The course deals with major 20th century Russian writers, their works, lives, thought and impact in the West. While broader literary context is provided, particular attention is paid to Zamyatin, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov and Tolstaya.
The course begins with a brief introduction to the historical, social, political and cultural background, as no prior knowledge of Soviet history or Russian literature is assumed. The introduction takes the form of an overview of the most important historical, social and cultural events between the rule of Lenin (1917-1922) and Gorbachev (1985-1991). The rest of the course is devoted to the presentation and discussion of selected works of the major writers. Lectures are supplemented with student class presentations and discussion. Students will write a short “diagnostic essay” at the beginning of the course, and the most interesting of the essays will be read in class, so as to establish the basic requirements of essay composition. Class participation is a major feature of the pedagogy of the course designed to make the work of the Russian writers relevant to students.
Diagnostic essay ( 3 pages, not marked ), class presentations (voluntary), 2 term papers (6-8 pages), class participation.
Paper format: double spaced.
- Class participation: 20%
- 1st term paper 40%
- 2nd term paper 40%
|Doctor Zhivago (Trans Pevear)||PASTERNAK||9780307390950|
|Master & Margarita (Trans Pevear)||BULGAKOV||9780140455465|
|One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich||SOLZHENITSYN||9780553247770|
|Portable Twentieth Century Russian Reader||BROWN||9780142437575|
|We (Trans Randall)||ZAMYATIN||9780812974621|