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Galya Diment
RUSS 120
Seattle Campus

Topics in Russian Literary and Cultural History

Introduces important trends and movements in Russian literary and cultural history. Offered in English.

Class description

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

Lectures, Discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Midterm, Final, also possibly occasional shorter assignments

CLASS PARTICIPATION AND OCCASIONAL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS (20%); MIDTERM (30%); FINAL (50%)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Galya Diment
Date: 08/17/2013