Introduces important trends and movements in Russian literary and cultural history. Offered in English.
RUSSIAN CRIME FICTION -- From czars to comrades and to new Russians, from Alexander Pushkin and Fyodor Dostoevsky to Boris Akunin and Andrey Kurkov, the course will cover more than two centuries of Russian crime writing. Other featured writers include Anton Chekhov and Vladimir Nabokov. It’s all about who is good, who is evil, who is up, who is down, and, of course, who dunnit. All readings, lectures, and discussions will be in English. No prior knowledge of Russian, Russian literature or history is required to take this course. No prerequisites.
Required Readings (all at UBookstore) Boris Akunin, Winter Queen Anton Chekhov, “Murder" Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (Norton edition) Anatoly Gladilin, Moscow Racetrack Andrey Kurkov, Death and the Penguin Vladimir Nabokov, Despair Alexander Pushkin, “Queen of Spades" Lev Sheinin, The Diary of Criminologist
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Midterm, Final, also possibly occasional shorter assignments
CLASS PARTICIPATION AND OCCASIONAL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS (20%); MIDTERM (30%); FINAL (50%)