RUSS 204(F) Freeze, Thaw, Resurrection: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature in Translation (Same as Comparative Literature 204) (W)

During the twentieth century, Russian literature transformed itself many times, evolving through prescriptive literary norms, a renewed interest in "truth-telling," and experimentation with form and subject matter. In this course, we will study examples of the avant-garde, Socialist Realism, experimental prose, the literature of emigration, youth prose, urban prose, Gulag literature, and dystopian literature. Where appropriate, we will devote special attention to the links between Russian history and literature, and we will also consider the Russian incarnations of modernism and postmodernism in relation to their world literature counterparts. Though prose fiction in the form of novels, novellas and short stories will feature as the center of the course, we will supplement these readings with the occasional study of poetry and a few film screenings. Readings by Belyi, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, Zamiatin, and others. Knowledge of Russian is not required. All readings will be in English. Format: lecture/discussion. Requirements: thoughtful and active class participation, regular postings on the course's Blackboard web site, occasional one-page response papers, three short papers, and a final research paper or project. No prerequisites. Enrollment limit: 19 (expected: 19). Preference given to majors in Russian and Comparative Literature.