Spring 2015

Survey of Russian Literature From Dostoevsky to Nabokov

Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-212

Formerly listed 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. Conducted in English.

Spring semester. Professor Rabinowitz.

RUSS 212 - L/D

Section 01
M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM CONV 108
W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM CONV 108
F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM CONV 108

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Anna Karenina Penguin Tolstoy Amherst Books TBD
Anton Chekhov's Short Stories Norton Chekhov Amherst Books TBD
Crime & Punishment Random Dostoevsky Amherst Books TBD
Invitation to a Beheading Random Nabokov Amherst Books TBD
My Childhood Penguin Gorky Amherst Books TBD
Notes from Underground Penguin Dostoevsky Amherst Books TBD
Petersburg Indiana Bely Amherst Books TBD
Petty Demon Penguin Solugub Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2022