Fall 2007

Advanced Studies in Russian Literature and Culture I

Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-43


Viktoria Schweitzer (Section 01)


The topic changes every year. This year's theme will be "The Poet and History." We will read the historical writings of Alexander Pushkin in different genres, namely his story "The Captain's Daughter" and his essay "The History of Pugachev during the reign of Catherine the Great." We will then read Marina Tsvetaeva's essay "Pushkin and Pugachev," in which she reflects on how prose genres shape the poet's viewpoint on historical events. If time allows, we will also examine Pushkin's and Tsvetaeva's poems on historical themes. Taught entirely in Russian. First semester. Senior Lecturer Emerita Schweitzer.


Please note that Sr. Lecturer Schweitzer's course description for RUSS-43 (Russian Lit. & Culture I) has changed. The NEW theme is Nikolai Gogol. The NEW course description is as follows:
A seminar on Gogol's Dead Souls. A close reading and analysis of Gogol's masterpiece with special attention to the language and structure of the novel. We will also explore the legacy of Gogol's works in the Russian literary and critical tradition. Taught entirely in Russian.