TR 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Objectives: To provide an increased understanding of representative works of 19th and 20th-century Russian Literature from approximately 1825 to 2000. The focus of our attention will be upon such major writers as Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov as well as many other notable Russian writers. Our goal will be accomplished by studying the historical and aesthetic and technical aspects of the various Russian authors and by examining historical, cultural, sociological, psycho-logical, religious and humanistic causes of the themes and techniques of the writers.
Requirements: Students will explore the characteristics of Russian Literature in the works of both 19th and 20th century Russia as we analyze the social, historical and political forces influencing the literature of those periods. We will question and reconsider the validity of movements such as Social Darwinism and the psychological implications of Freudian thought as they led to the experimental nature of the early and modern Russian Literature. Through the synthesis of old and new knowledge, we will develop and sharpen our critical skills of literary appraisal applicable to this period.
Grades: Grades will be earned by students taking two major exams and possible reading quizzes (to be determined by classroom discussion responses). Graduate students are expected to select one major work by a significant Russian author and write a formal, computer-generated, scholarly documented, MLA-Style research paper of seven to fifteen pages in length. The papers will count as one-third of the student’s grade, and the objective mid-term and final examinations will count as one third. Additionally, during the course of the semester, students will be expected to make an in-class presentation on their selected work of their chosen author. That presentation will count as one third of the student’s grade.
All essays are to be typed MLA Style.
All assignments are expected to be submitted on time unless there are extenuating circumstances, and an office conference is required.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend each and every class and should not have more than two absences. Excessive absences may result in the student’s grade for the semester being lowered one full letter grade OR the student being dropped from the course with a failing grade of “F.”
Cell phone use is not permitted in class.
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