Fall 2008

Strange Russian Writers

Listed in: First Year Seminar, as FYSE-22


Catherine A. Ciepiela (Section 01)


We will read tales of rebels, deviants, dissidents, loners and losers in some of the weirdest fictions in Russian literature. The writers, most of whom imagine themselves to be every bit as bizarre as their heroes, will include Tolstoy, Leskov, Platonov, Sinyavsky, Tolstaya, Gogol, and Dostoevsky. Our goal will be less to construct a canon of strangeness than to consider closely how estranged women, men, animals, and objects become the center of narrative attention. Fall semester. Professor Ciepiela.