Spring 2013


Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-228

Formerly listed as: RUSS-28


Boris Wolfson (Section 01)


Count Leo Tolstoy’s life and writings encompass self-contradictions equaled in scale only by the immensity of his talent: the aristocrat who renounced his wealth, the former army officer who preached nonresistance to evil, the father of thirteen children who advocated total chastity within marriage and, of course, the writer of titanic stature who repudiated all he had previously written, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina. We will read these two masterworks in depth, along with other fictional and non-fictional writings ("The History of Yesterday," Childhood, Strider, Confession, Sebastopol Stories, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, "What Is Art?"), as we explore his abiding search for the meaning of ever-inaccessible "self," his far-reaching artistic innovations, and his evolving views on history, the family, war, death, religion, art, and education. Conducted in English, all readings in translation, with special assignments for students who read Russian. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester.  Professor Wolfson

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Russian majors. Others admitted to balance by class year and major.

Cost: $$37.00 ?

RUSS 228 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MERR 314
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM MERR 314

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Anna Karenina Penguin Tolstoy Amherst Books TBD
Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Random House Tolstoy Amherst Books TBD
Gospel in Brief: The Life of Jesus Harper Tolstoy Amherst Books TBD
War and Peace Random House Tolstoy Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2015