IDS385W-1: Special Topics

Topic: Russian Literature/Revolution

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Callaway Center C203
Epstein, Mikhail

Fall, spring. Highly focused courses, drawing on multiple disciplines of the humanities and social sciences; may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

If ever history has reached the proportion of both a great myth and a terrifying nightmare, it was in Russia during the XXth century.  Russian literature developed side by side with the revolutionary events of the century and left its history, which competes in intensity, uniqueness, and power of imaginative geniuses with some of the greatest works written in any time or place.  In this class, the students will be introduced to this cultural maelstrom, starting with Tolstoy’s and Chekhov's realistic assessment of Russian society and including some of the most notable writers of the 20th c., such as Bulgakov, Nabokov and Solzhenitsyn. The 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution (1917–2017) will provide an important perspective to our discussion of the major historical events and creative accomplishents of that epoch.

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