New: Introduction To The Russian Masters
The giants of Russian literature are celebrated for sprawling epics such as War and Peace and Crime and Punishment. But the 19th Century Russians were also masters of shorter fiction novellas and short stories which share the emotional intensity, psychological insight and philosophical reflection of the heftier works. Theyre a great introduction to the astonishing power of the Russian imagination. Well be reading Dostoevskys tortured account of obsession and revenge in Notes from Underground, and by contrast his tender and romantic White Nights; Tolstoys powerful The Death of Ivan Ilyich and his melodrama of marital jealousy The Kreutzer Sonata; and work by a writer considered by many to be perhaps the greatest short story writer ever, Anton Chekhov. His tales are enigmatic, ironic and deeply humane snapshots of individual lives: among them, his study of adultery and unexpected love The Lady with the Dog, and The Bet, with its justly famous and thought-provoking final twist.
Who is this course for
The course is open to anyone with an interest in literature. No previous knowledge of the topic is required
What does this course cover
We'll be reading a range of shorter Russian fiction from Dostoevsky's tortured account of obsession and revenge Notes from Underground, and by contrast his tender and romantic White Nights; Tolstoy's powerful The Death of Ivan Ilyich and his melodrama of marital jealousy The Kreutzer Sonata; and work by a writer considered by many to be perhaps the greatest short story writer ever, Anton Chekhov. His tales are enigmatic, ironic and deeply humane snapshots of individual lives: among them, his study of adultery and unexpected love The Lady with the Dog, and The Bet, with its justly famous and thought- provoking final twist.
At the end of the course you should be able to
- Recognise recurring themes in Russian literature
- Relate these to the wider world of Russian culture
- Feel confident enough to explore further study of related fiction on your own
Half Term: 16 February 2018
What will it be like
The course is an interactive mixture of tutor exposition and class discussion. Videos and clips will also be shown and discussed.
We will assess your expectations of the course in the first sessions. Thereafter, you will be able to monitor your progress on the course through participation in class discussion, questions and answers and in-class exercises. At the end of the course, you will be able to measure your progress against the stated outcomes for the course.
What else do you need to buy or do
Many of the texts are available online, but it will be necessary to buy or borrow some texts. Most can be bought cheaply, often secondhand, from bookselling websites
An extensive range of wider reading and links to other resources will also be provided through the Moodle website for the course.
Apart from the reading material, you should bring with pens, notepaper and file in which to store handouts and other course materials.
What this course could lead to
- A real appreciation of recurrent themes in Russian literature and the wider culture
- Further study of literature, students may want to join the next course on American Gothic
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