RUSS 402 Senior Seminar: The Golden Age of Russian Literature (Not offered 1997-98)
In this course, we will examine the tremendous flowering of poetry and
prose that took place in Russian literature during the first half of the
nineteenth century. Our study will focus on works by Pushkin (Eugene
Onegin and The Bronze Horseman), Lermontov (A Hero of our Time
and lyric poetry), and Gogol (The Nose and The Overcoat) in order to
build an understanding of the unique role literature played in Russian
society and culture of the time. We will frame our examination of the
Golden Age by reading works representative of the movements of
Sentimentalism (Karamzin's "Poor Liza") and Realism (Turgenev's
Sketches of a Hunter) in Russian literature. Through close textual
analysis, we will develop an understanding of the many currents that
came into and grew out of Russia's Golden Age.
Conducted in Russian.
Prerequisite: Russian 202 or permission of the instructor.
Requirements: active class participation, four short papers (3-5 pages) in Russian, and a final project (30 minutes) to be presented in class.