This course examines some of the major works of 20th-century Russian literature, as well as the literary and social trends connected with them. Russian perceptions of the world and individual artistic choices in terms of message, style and ethical values for each era are discussed. Writers as diverse as the symbolist poets Blok, Sologub and Gippius; socialist realist writers Gorky and Sholokhov; futurists Mayakovsky and Khlebnikov; and dissidents Tertz and Solzhenitsyn are considered in this framework. No prerequisites. May count towards European Studies and Russian Studies minors.
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Current Semester InformationMasha Belyavski-Frank
326A: 20th C Russian Lit
Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
This course examines some of the major works of twentieth-century Russian literature, as well as the literary and social trends connected with them. We will read and discuss representative works by Blok, Zamyatin, Bulgakov, Bely, Zoshchenko, Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn, and Tolstaya, among others. From major poetry and novels, to science fiction and far-out futuristic works, socialist realism, dissident literature, and post-modern short stories, this course covers the spectrum of twentieth-century Russian literature. Taught in English.