Survey of twentieth-century Russian poetry and prose. Pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and emigre authors, trends, and genres. Includes survey of twentieth-century literary criticism as well, in particular Russian formalists and Mikhail Bakhtin.
The course will deal with major Russian and American novels of Vladimir Nabokov: The Defense (or Luzhin's Defense), Despair, Pnin, and Lolita.
There will be a special one-hour session each week for Honors and Grads. Slavic grads should read the two Russian novels on the list in Russian.
For the rest of the description, please see Russ 240.
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