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Galya Diment
RUSS 322
Seattle Campus

The Golden Age: Nineteenth Century Russian Literature and Culture

Explores Russian literature and culture during the "Golden Age" of the nineteenth century. Authors include some of the best-known and most influential Russian writers, including Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Turgenev, Chekhov, and Goncharov. Students gain a comprehensive knowledge of major literary themes, ideas, and developments of nineteenth century Russian literature. Offered: W.

Class description

This course will focus on the "big" works by the "big" authors of the Nineteenth Century Russian Literature -- IVAN GONCHAROV (OBLOMOV), LEV TOLSTOY (ANNA KARENINA), FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY (BROTHERS KARAMAZOV), and ANTON CHEKHOV (CHERRY ORCHARD. THREE SISTERS) -- and dealing with "big" themes as well as with literary nuances. ALL READINGS AND DISCUSSIONS ARE IN ENGLISH. NO PREREQUISITES.

REQUIRED BOOKS: 1. Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov [Paperback] Stephen Pearl (Translator), Bunim & Bannigan Ltd

2. Goncharov's "Oblomov": A Critical Companion (Northwestern) [Paperback] Galya Diment (Author)

3. Anton Chekhov, Short Stories (Norton Critical Editions)

4. Anton Chekhov, Selected Plays (Norton Critical Editions)

5. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (Norton Critical Edition)

6. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov (Norton Critical Editions)

VERY IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THESE PARTICULAR EDITIONS; NO SUBSTITUTES. LIKEWISE REQUIRED OF EVERYONE WHO PLANS TO READ MATERIALS IN RUSSIAN TO STILL HAVE THESE ENGLISH EDITIONS!!!

A brief schedule (I will post a full syllabus later): GONCHAROV, OBLOMOV (week 1-2). TOLSTOY, ANNA K (Week 3-4-5); DOSTOEVSKY, THE BROTHERS K. (Week 6-7-8); CHEKHOV CHERRY ORCHARD, THREE SISTERS. STORIES (Weeks 9-10).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, Discussions

Recommended preparation

All readings for 322 are in English but those who want to read the texts in the original are both welcome and assisted!

Class assignments and grading

The midterm and final are take-homes

Class Participation 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: 11/22/2013