Languages Literatures and Cultures


Russian Courses

For all Russian Courses, see the UNCG Undergraduate Bulletin

Spring 2014

313 Major Authors in Russian Lit: Tolstoy
Lev Tolstoy was a prolific writer. His literary works, philosophical outlook, and his artistic style had a dramatic impact not only on his own culture; Tolstoy's ideas were influential around the world and the questions he raised about how to live one's life still resonate with questions in our contemporary world. Americans, for example, wrote thousands of letters to Tolstoy, asking for advice on everything from how to make a buck to how to have a happy marriage. We will begin with several short works but will spend the majority of the semester examining two great novels, War and Peace and Anna Karenina. The readings are in ENGLISH and the course will be conducted in a seminar format and will focus on analysis of the texts and understanding Tolstoy's stylistic achievements, major themes, and philosophical outlook.
(Pr. 204 or equiv.)

314 Major Movements in Russian Lit: Russian Science Fiction
How cool would it be to examine more than a century of outstanding science fiction?! Russian Science Fiction is really unrivaled in the world! This course will examine a selection of the best science fiction from Russia and East Europe with attention to its cultural, historical, and literary context and its literary and philosophical quality. Course assignments will combine written papers (or equivalent web development), projects driven by students' interests, and written examinations. Students will have opportunities for individual or group work. If you know some Russian, you can do some reading in the original, but all works will be available in English translations. We will check out some film adaptations of science fiction literature, too. The goals of the course are to explore the nature of science fiction, to learn about the particular nature of Russian and East European science fiction (and become more informed about its historical and cultural context), and to read a lot of excellent, thought-provoking literature. 
(Pr. 204 or equiv.)

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