The words "Russian Literature" might conjure up long, sprawling, "loose and baggy monsters." However, the short story is arguably the most significant genre in the Russian literary tradition. In this course we do close readings of some of the greatest Russian short stories, mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries. Authors might include Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Chekhov, Gippius, Teffi, Tsvetaeva, Platonov, Bunin, Nabokov, and others. Some of the questions we explore: Is a short story (rasskaz) just a shorter piece of fiction or does it aim to do something very different from a novel? How did the Russians develop-and maybe change-the genre? In what ways are these stories connected to the place and time in which they were written? We will read one or two short stories a week. This is a Writing Intensive course. No knowledge of Russian is required. All readings are in English translation.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU IS; AS HUM; AS LCD; AS WI I; FA HUM; AR HUM