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Russian Literature: the Logic of Desire in the Russian Short Story

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Study the great works of Russian literature in the city that inspired so many of them!

Course Description

In this course we will analyze a wide array of short stories by some of the most important writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The course is intended both as an introduction to Russian literature and culture and, more generally, as an introduction to literary analysis as a powerful form of critical thinking. 

The course is taught by Vadim ShkolnikovAssociate Professor, Department of Comparative Literature and Linguistics, HSE.

Russian literature is famous for its passion, its raw psychological intensity, its unparalleled philosophical introspection—its tendency to question everything. The course examenes the evolving aesthetics of the short story in relation to the dynamics of Russian cultural history. In turn, students will attempt to conceptualize Russian cultural history as something like a history of desire

Vadim Shkolnikov 

Сourse Lecturer

Russian literature is famous for its passion, its raw psychological intensity, its unparalleled philosophical introspection—its tendency to question everything. In this course we will analyze a wide array of short stories by some of the most important writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Content 

Readings from Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Zoshchenko, Nabokov, Petrushevskaya, Tolstaya.  

Skills and Competence

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • acquire an understanding of the changing artistic forms of the Russian short story and its place within the Western literary tradition
  • acquire an understanding of the dynamic relationship between Russian literature and the historical evolution of Russian society
  • develop essential skills of critical thinking and analysis
  • become familiar with contemporary analytical approaches in the study of the humanities

Teaching Methods

Lectures, assigned readings, class discussion, online discussion forum, writing assignment (final essay).

Final Assessment 

Students will be asked to write an essay on a certain topic. 

Final Grade Background

Class attendance and participation, participation in online discussion forum, final essay. 

Recommended Reading List

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