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51Russian'"35&Masterpieces of 20th and 21st Century RussianLiteratureProf. Angela Brintlinger422 Hagerty Hall1775 College [email protected] Hours:Mondays2-4andby appointmentCourse Description:The courseis taught entirely in English and fultllis the GEC category 5Bl (Arts andHumanities, Analysis of Texts, Literature).This course will introduce you to some of the masterpiecesof modern Russian literature. We willlook at these works in their historical and cultural context and examine them as individualrepresentationsofthe talent and concerns of a given writer as well as considering their place in the"evolutionary process" that is Russian letters. The development of Soviet literature and the dissidentand post-Soviet reaction to that codified literary system will offer a framework for discussing whatAgreat: literature is, in both Russian and general contexts. Although this course is a continuation ofRussian 250, Masterpieces of 19th Century Russian Literature, it requires no previous knowledge ofRussian literature or history.Objectives:While Oprah choseAnna Karenina for her book club in 2004, and Crime and Punishmentis popularamong high school teachersof English, 20thand 21st century Russian works are generally less wellknown in the United States. In part this is because the 20th century saw immense changes andcomplicated historical events which cut Russia off from literary and cultural processesin the West.At the sametime, especially now, when the Iron Curtain has fallen, Russianliterature and culture hasmuch to offer the American student.In this course, we will tackle some of the most interesting and challenging Russianwriters, male andfemale, conservative and radical, formal innovators and philosophical frontrunners. We will alsoconsider relevant works of art, film, and scholarship to better understand these writers and theircultural milieu. Thus in this course studentswillieam how to read, analyzeand discussgreatRussianworks of literature while perceiving them in their cultural and artistic context.Requirements:1

The course will consist of a combination of lecture and class discussion. Pleasenotice the readingrequirements of the course B this is Russian literature, after all, so you will be doing a LOT ofreading. Make sure you read the assignment before coming to class and bring your books with you;you will be called upon to offer insights and do close readings in class.Note that regular attendanceis strongly encouraged;in order to succeedin this courseyou must attend class and do your reading.Texts:Ivan Bunin, Sunstroke:SelectedStories("The Gentlemanttom SanFrancisco/' 1915)IsaacBabel,Red Cavalry (1926)Vladimir Nabokov, TheDefense(1930)Valentin Kataev,Time,Forward! (1931)Anna Akhmatova,Requiem(1935-40,pub!. 1963)AlexanderSolzhenitsyn,OneDay in theLife of Ivan Denisovich(1962)AlexanderSolzhenitsyn,"Matryona's Home" (1963)Vladimir Sorokin, ersationLiudmilaPetrushevskaia,Time:andNight(1992) during Perestroika(1997).Viktor Pelevin,OmonRa (1998)All texts are availableat SBX Bookstoreon High Streetor IDa coursepackftom Tuttle tendanceand ClassParticipationTake-HomeMidterm Examinations(2)Final ExaminationWriting Assignments: Grading CriteriaReading R«eportsThere are SIX reading report assignmentson the syllabus. You may elect to skip two ofthem.You will be expectedto do a Areadingreport:::on four of the works we arereadingthis quarter.You shouldtype and email your report to the professorby 9 a.m.on Wednesdaymorning(Thursdayfor T-Th classes).In the report,you shouldidentify the aspectof the work whichinterestsyou most (plot, characterization,language[metaphors,style,form], philosophicalunderpinnings,etc.).Your Areport shouldbe 400-500wordslong, in paragraphform, pointingout the waysin which your chosenaspectaredevelopeduniquely in the work.2

Readingreportswill be evaluatedbasedon I) interestingand completecontent;2) creativereadingapproach;and 3) literacy of the paperitself (i.e. spelling,punctuation,style).Eachreadingreport countsfor 5% of your final grade.In addition to the writing and analyticalpracticeyou will gain trom these reports, an added bonus is that you will be preparing for your midtermand final examinations each time you write one!Midterm ExaminationsYou will have two take-home midterm examinations in this course. Each midterm is worth 15% ofyour final grade. For each exam you will write two short essays(1-2 pp. typed) and one longer essay(3-4 pp. typed) on the materials of our course. Keep in mind that essaysfor take-home examsshouldbe well-written and organized, contain evidence of textual support, and show individual thought.Final ExamFinal Exam will be held at our official examination time. It will consistsof shortidentificationsand two essays.The instructorwill handout in advancesuggestedtopics for the essays;you maychoosefrom this list or createa topic of your own on the model of the suggestions.Your essaysshouldbe well-written and organized,contain evidenceof textual support,and show individualthought.An exampleof essay topics might be "War in 20thcenturyRussianFiction and Film" or"Voices ofExtemal and InternalRussianEmigres."NOTES:Disabilities:Any studentwho feelss/hemay needan accommodationbasedon the impactof a disability shouldcontactmeprivately to discussyour specificneeds.Pleasecontactthe Office for Disability Servicesat 614-292-3307in room 150PomereneHall to coordinatereasonableaccommodationsfor studentswith documenteddisabilities.Absences:This course meets twenty times, for a total of 40 academic hours in the classroom. This meansthattwo classmeetings equals more than 10% ofthe course.You are responsible for the readingmaterialand for the lecture material. You are also expectedto participate in class discussions,and a Agrade:will be recorded for each day of class on a scale of 1 to 5. (1 physical presencein the classroom, 5 active participation with evidence of knowledge of material and individual insight). These dailygrades will translate into the 20% participation grade which is a component of your final grade.Plagiarism:Plagiarismis therepresentationof another'sworks or ideasasone'sown: it includestheunacknowledgedword for word useand/orparaphrasingof anotherperson'swork, and/ortheinappropriateunacknowledgeduseof anotherperson'sideas.All casesof suspectedplagiarism,in accordancewith university rules,will be reportedto the Committeeon AcademicMisconduct.3

SyllabusWeek 1MondayWednesdayWeek 2MondayWednesdayWeek 3MondayWednesdayWeek 4MondayWednesdayWeek 5MondayWednesdayWeek 6MondayHow to ReadRussianLiteratureThe Legacyof the 19thCenturyReadings:Ivan Bunin, "Gentler"Gentlemanfrom SanFrancisco"(1915)and "Rusya" (1940)What's War Got to Do With It?Readings: IsaacBabel,Red Cavalry ("Crossingthe Zbrucz," "ALetter," "Pan Apolek," "Gedali," "My First Goose,""The LifeStory ofPavlichenko," "Matvey Rodionych")Reading Report on Red Cavalry due Wednesday9 a.m.The RussianAbroad: Literaturein ExileReadings: VI adimir Nabokov, TheDefense(15-117)DreamWodds andRealityReadings:Vladimir Nabokov, TheDefense(118-256)Reading Report on TheDefensedue Wednesday9 a.m.Soviet Culture andthe Five Year PlanReadings:Valentin Kataev,Time,Forward! (3-103)First take-home midterm handed out.SocialistRealismB the Official Method of SovietProseReadings: Valentin Kataev,Time,Forward! (105-249)Early Soviet Cinemaandits Effect on ProseReadings:Valentin Kataev,Time,Forward! (250-345)First take-home midterm due.Stalin andthe TerrorReadings:Anna Akhmatova,RequiemFILM: The Cranesare Flying (1957;94 minutes)The Thaw: A View into Life in the GulagReadings: AlexanderSolzhenitsyn,OneDay in theLife of I vanDenisovich(2-89)4

Reading Report on OneDay in the Life of Ivan DenisovichdueWednesday9 a.m.WednesdayWeek 7MondayWednesdayWeek 8MondayWednesdayWeek 9MondayWednesdayWeek 10MondayRussianValues,Solzhenitsyn-styleReadings: AlexanderSolzhenitsyn,OneDay in theLife of IvanDenisovich(90-142)Secondmid-term examination handed out.Life in the RussianCountrysideReadings: AlexanderSolzhenitsyn,"Matryona's Home"Soviet Life Seenfrom Abroad (SovietRussiaandEmigrePublishing)Readings: Vladimir Sorokin, TheQueue(2-90)Secondmid-term examination due.Oral SpeechandNarrativeFormReadings: Vladimir Sorokin, TheQueue(91-198)-- -- --- Reading Report on Russian Talk due Wednesday9 a.m.RussianTalk: Languageand Storytellingduring PerestroikaReadings: Nancy Ries,RussianTalk, chapters1 & 2 (15-82)NarrativeFonn: The DiaryReadings:Liudmila Petrushevskaia,The Time:Night (1-76)Reading Report on The Time: Night due Wednesday9 a.m.Women,Madnessandthe NarrativeoflllnessReadings: Liudmila Petrushevskaia,The Time:Night (76-155)ScienceFiction and The SpaceRaceReadings: Viktor Pelevin,OmonRa (3-153)Reading Report on Omon Ra due Wednesday9 a.m.WednesdayRUNET: RussianCulture in the Age of the Internet5

Russian 250, Masterpieces of 19th Century Russian Literature, it requires no previous knowledge of Russian literature or history. Objectives: While Oprah chose Anna Karenina for her book club in 2004, and Crime and Punishment is popular among high school teachers of English, 20th and 21 st century Russian works are generally less well-