Russian Literary Imagination

Full year course
Open to 10, 11, 12
Range of difficulty 1-3

1. Rationale

This course examines the growth of Russian fiction and poetry from 1820 to 1980 and considers its revolutionary impact on the intellectual and aesthetic movements of that era.

2. Topics and Themes Emphasized

Russian Romanticism
The Questions of Faith
Revolutionary Theory
Tolstoyan Ideals
The Logocentric Culture
Poetry’s Place
The New Soviet Man
Art Under Terror
The World Imagined — Utopiae

3. Methods

Lecture and discussion.

4. Expectations for Students

Substantial reading assignments — one must read to succeed.
Six to eight essays of various length each semester.

5. Reading List

Reading selections are made from a wide variety of literature, including:

Pushkin: Fiction and Poetry
Gogol: Novellas
Dostoyevsky: The Brothers Karamazov
Nechaev: The Revolutionary Catechism
Tolstoy: The Death of Ivan Ilych and Hadji Murad
Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
Zamyatin: We
Chukovskaya: Sofia Petrovna
Poetry Packet of Twelve 20th Century Russian Poets

6. Bibliography

The Lincoln-Sudbury library has an impressive collection of Russian history and literature due to the generosity of past teachers, Paul Mitchell and Tom Puchalsky. Please consult library information for authors, periods, and themes.

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