Short Masterpieces of Russian and Soviet Literature--Canceled

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In the United States, Russian literature is largely known for the unwieldy philosophical novels of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. But there is a vast diversity and richness in the Russian literary tradition, which has produced masterpieces of a variety of styles and genres, just waiting to be discovered by Western audiences. This course introduces readers to works of writers largely unknown in the West, as well as lesser-known works of the authors that shaped Russia's international literary reputation.
Beginning with works from the "Golden Age of Russian Literature" and continuing to the Soviet era, we will read and discuss short stories, narrative poems, and plays ranging in genre and style from parody and romanticism to science fiction and the absurd. Weekly meetings begin with a brief overview of the author's biography and of the historical context and critical reception of each work, followed by class-directed discussions of the work. For the first reading assignment and other important announcements, see:

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Due to low enrollment, this class has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.