Spring 2009

Survey of Russian Literature From Dostoevsky to Nabokov

Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-22


Stanley J. Rabinowitz (Section 01)


An examination of major Russian writers and literary trends from about 1860 to the Bolshevik Revolution as well as a sampling of Russian émigré literature through a reading of representative novels, stories, and plays in translation. Readings include important works by Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gorky, Sologub, Bely, and Nabokov. The evaluation of recurring themes such as the breakdown of the family, the “woman question,” madness, attitudes toward the city, childhood and perception of youth. Spring semester. Professor Rabinowitz.