Russian Literature & Culture in English

View the course schedule to see when these courses are offered.

281: Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization
This course explores some of the major events and themes that have shaped Russian culture. We will watch films and read a variety of works. This course satisfies the College’s writing requirement for the B.A. degree, and thus provides an introduction to academic writing and an opportunity for students to develop their writing skills. (Humanities, Writing Requirement) Ikach

341: Russian Literature in Translation, 1800-1880
In this course we examine major works by Russian Romantic and Realist writers: Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time, Gogol's Dead Souls, Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. All lectures, readings, and discussions are in English. Usually offered every third year. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the College's writing requirement. (Humanities) Ikach

351: Russian Literature in Translation, 1880-1932
In this course, which is conducted in English, we read works on a wide variety of topics from this tumultuous period in Russian history. During this period shorter genres became popular, so we read plays, short stories, poems, and some short novels. Some specific works covered include We, an anti-utopian novel set in the future; poems by Anna Akhmatova, one of Russia's greatest poets; and Red Cavalry, a collection of stories about the Russian Revolution and Civil War. Usually offered every third year. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the College's writing requirement. (Humanities) Ikach

355: Russian Literature in Translation, 1932-Present
In this course we examine works by major writers of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, including Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Chukovskaya's Sofia Petrovna, Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and recent stories by Petrushevskaya, Tolstaya, and Erofeev. All lectures, readings, and discussions are in English. Usually offered every third year. Prerequisite: satisfaction of the College's writing requirement. (Humanities) Ikach