This course explores the great 19th-century Russian literary tradition, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. We will consider the "ritualized violence" of dueling, rapidly shifting attitudes toward sexuality and love, questions of social justice around serfdom, Russia's complicated relationship with the West, religion vs. scientific progress, and the Russian writer's role as prophet of truth in a land of autocracy. No knowledge of Russian required or expected.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.