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MWF 1:10-2:10 in H 212

SCHEDULE of Classes, FALL 2011
(This is tentative and may be adjusted as we move along: it is your responsibility to keep up-to-date).
Ideally you should have finished reading each work when we are scheduled to begin our discussion of that work. Keep in mind that Crime and Punishment is especially long. It is a good idea to start reading this novel much before it is scheduled. Read the work carefully, take notes as you read, mark interesting passages, jot down questions you have and anything that strikes you as important, interesting, good, bad, ridiculous, controversial, or otherwise worthy of discussion. These kinds of notes and jottings will help you in classroom discussions (and in your papers!).

MR: Some of the readings are linked to the Readings folder in Moodle
RES= hard copy reserve in the library

Reading assignments should ideally be completed by the date for which they are first scheduled.


Wed 9/7
Introductions, discussion of syllabus & projects.
Start background lecture: Old Russian Literature

For Fri 9/9
Study your syllabus, get your books.
Fri 9/9
Lecture: literary background Old Russian literature; the Baroque
For Mon 9/12
Familiarize yourself with the texts you've bought and start thinking about written projects! It might be a good idea to go to the library and make copies of the first Handbook background items (see below) to save time later
Mon 9/12
Lecture / discussion: The 18th century: Neoclassicism & Sentimentalism. Narrativity and dialogue.
For Wed 9/14
* Karamzin, "Poor Liza" (Proffer anthology)
* Hammarberg article: "Poor Liza, Poor Erast, Lucky Narrator" MR
Skim it--don't let the Russian quotes and words bother you--aim to understand the main points.

Wed 9/14
: Karamzin & "Poor Liza" & Hammarberg article


For Fri 9/16

* Romanticism (Handbook, pp. 372-6 RES)
* Rom/Realism contrasts
* Lermontov (Handbook, pp. 248-50 RES)
* Lermontov: "The Demon," Lermontov, Major Poetical Works, pp.354-415--Engl. only, unless, of course you know Russian!) MR
Fri 9/16
Lecture / discussion
: Romanticism: Poetry The Byronic poem I: Lermontov's "The Demon"

For Mon 9/19
Make sure you've finished "The Demon." Think about Written Project options!

Mon 9/19
Discussion: "The Demon"--conclusions

For Wed 9/21
* Pushkin (Handbook, pp.356-60 RES)
* Pushkin: Eugene Onegin
DUE: Your decision: Project I or II??

Wed 9/21
Lecture / discussion
: The Byronic poem II: Pushkin: Eugene Onegin. Versification and translation.


For Fri 9/23
* Pushkin (Handbook, pp.356-60 RES)

READ (everybody), ORAL REPORT #1(Rachel Colberg-Parseghian & Emily Rutherford): "Translator's Preface" to Pushkin, A.S. Eugene Onegin, tr. by Douglas Hofstadter, pp. ix-xli. MR and also MR: EOTransl

Fri 9/23
Discussion: Eugene Onegin, continued

Pictures of Imperial Petersburg

For Mon 9/26
* Pushkin: Eugene Onegin

*A short biographical background for Pushkin (Filmfair Communications MAC: MEDIA SERV. PG3350.A449 1991 videotape) will be available in the Media Services (4th floor Humanities) for viewing during their opening hours
*"Eugene Onegin" 1958 Soviet Bol'shoi teatr operatic (Tchaikovsky) version, directed by Roman Tikhomirov with V. Medvedev playing Eugene, A Shengelaia playing Tat'iana (songs sung by Galina Vishnevskaia), I Ozerov playing Lensky and S Nemoliaeva playing Ol'ga. 106 min., color. Mac media Services ML50.C435C537 1984. You can view it in the Media Services.

ORAL REPORT/ Discussion #1(Rachel & Emily) "EOTransl" and "Pushkin." READ (Everybody) ORAL REPORT # 2 (Casey Sass & Katherine Monnin): (part of) Emerson Caryl, "The Astonishing Nineteenth Century: Romanticisms," in her The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2008, pp.99-114. MR
Mon 9/26
Discussion: Eugene Onegin, conclusions

For Wed 9/28
Good time to start reading:
Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time
ORAL REPORT/DISCUSSION #2 (Casey & Katherine) Romanticisms: Honor Duels
DUE: Project #I.1 ("Demon")
Time TBA
Film screening:
the 1998 English language "Onegin," (dir. Martha Fiennes) with Ralph Fiennes as Onegin and Liv Tyler as Tat'iana. 106 minutes, color. Mac: PG3347.E815 2000 Videotape. After our screening: available in Media Services
Wed 9/28Lecture / discussion:
Romanticism: Prose: From novel in verse to prose novel: novelistic structure.

For Fri 9/30

* Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time

Fri 9/30Discussion:
A Hero of Our Time, continued

For Mon 10/3
*Lermontov, A Hero

Lermontov, "Taman"

READ (everybody), ORAL REPORT #3 (Johnna O'Keefe & Rachel Colberg-Parseghian), Powelstock David, (part of) "Sincere Lies: Irony and Seduction in Hero of Our Time," in his Becoming Mikhail Lermontov: Ther Ironies of Romantic Individualism in Nicholas I's Russia, Evanston, IL, Northwestern UP, 2005, pp. 343-71. Powelstock-Hero and Powelstock 2 NOTE: This was scanned in two parts) both in MR
Mon 10/3
: A Hero of Our Time; Imperialism and literature, conclusions
For Wed 10/5
* Pushkin: "The Queen of Spades" (Proffer anthology)

ORAL REPORT/DISCUSSION # 3 (Johnna & Rachel). Powelstock-Hero and Powelstock 2 READ (everybody), ORAL REPORT #4 (Emily & Casey):
* P. Scotto article: "Prisoners of the Caucasus: Ideologies of Imperialism in Lermontov's 'Bela,'" in PMLA 107,2 (1992): 246-60. MR
Wed 10/5
Lecture / discussion: Pushkin's prose; "The Queen of Spades" (with Chardynin film)

For Fri 10/7

* Pushkin: "The Queen of Spades" (Proffer anthology)

Check our a Grateful Dead piece that one of my former students alerted me to--it is uncannily similar to Pushkin!

Pushkin's Petersburg

ORAL REPORT/ Discussion #4 (Emily & Casey):
Scotto article on "Bela"

DUE: Project #I.2

DUE: Project #II: Theme/Title

Fri 10/7

: Pushkin: "The Queen of Spades," conclusions.
For Mon 10/10 (or any time)
VIEW IF YOU WANT (Media Services):
Operatic version: Tchaikovsky's version on video will be placed on reserve in the Media Serv. This is the 1992 Glyndebourne Festival opera production, featuring three top Russian singers: Yurii Marusin sings Hermann, Sergei Leiferkus sings Tomskii, and Dmitrii Kharitonov sings Eletskii (whose role here is expanded). Nancy Gustafson sings Lisa and Felicity Palmer sings the Countess. Quite different view of Pushkin than Chardynin's! (color, 171 mins) (Mac: MEDIA SERVICES ML 50.C435 Q446 1992)
*The 2007 Metropolitan Opera version (with Reneé Fleming and Dmitrii Khvorostovskii).
Mon 10/10
Lecture / discussion
: The Natural School & Gogol;

For Wed 10/12

* Natural School (Handbook, pp.293-95 RES)
* Gogol (Handbook, pp.174-77 RES)
* Gogol, "The Nose," in Gogol' The Nose and Other Tales of Good and Evil...MR

Wed 10/12
Gogol "The Nose"
For Fri 10/14

Gogol, "The Nose"

Gogol's Petersburg

Fri 10/14
: "The Nose," conclusions

For Sun 10/16
* Gogol': "The Overcoat" (Proffer anthology)

Sun 10/16, 2-4 pm (replaces Wednesday's class)
Dinner at Gitta's house: 1814 Lincoln Ave (green house at the corner of Lincoln and Fairview)

Clips from Shostakovich's opera "The Nose" as performed last year at the Met in NY
Discussion: Gogol': "The Overcoat"

For Mon 10/17

Finish "The Overcoat"

READ (everybody), ORAL REPORT #5 (Katherine & Johnna):
* Eikhenbaum, Boris, "How Gogol's 'Overcoat' is Made," Trahan, Elizabeth, ed. Gogol's "Overcoat": An Anthology of Critical Essays, Ann Arbor, MI, Ardis, 1982, pp. 21-36. MR
Mon 10/17

Discussion: Gogol': "The Overcoat" & Formalist critics

For Fri 10/21
You will have a bibliographical instruction session at the library.
READ for Mon 10/24:

Review readings (through "Overcoat" and Eikhenbaum) for Midterm exam on Monday
ORAL REPORT / Discussion # 5 (Katherine & Johnna):

Fri 10/21
I will be giving a paper in Bath England at a SPA CONFERENCE

Bibliographical instruction in the library with Johan Oberg. Meet at the library Lower ROOM 206, at our usual class time. This session is tailor-made for Russian literature and will tell you about the tools of the trade. Attendance required.

For Mon 10/24
Mon 10/24
(covers everything through "The Overcoat")
For Wed 10/26
Prepare to discuss film version of "The Overcoat"
Wed 10/26
Wrap-up Gogol: We will screen the Soviet film version of "The Overcoat"
--with the great Rolan Bykov as Akakii Akakievich. The film runs 73 mins, so we will have to start a few minutes early and end a few minutes late--hope this is possible for all! The film will be placed in Media Services afterwards so you can screen it a second time individually.
For Mon 10/31
* Realism (Handbook, pp.363-67 RES)
* Turgenev(Handbook, pp.488-89 RES)
* Turgenev: Fathers and Sons
FALL BREAK: Thurs 10/27-Sun 10/30
Mon 10/31
Lecture / discussion: Realism: Turgenev

For Wed 11/2

* Turgenev: Fathers and Sons
Wed 11/2
Discussion: Fathers and Sons
For Fri 11/4

* Turgenev: Fathers and Sons
Fri 11/4
Discussion: Fathers and Sons--continuation

For Mon 11/7
READ (everybody) ORAL REPORT # 6 (Rachel):
Jane T. Costlow, "'Oh-là-là' and 'No-no-no' Odintsova as Woman Alone in Fathers and Children," 304-18

READ (everybody) ORAL REPORT # 7 (Emily): Pam Morris, "Fathers and Sons and 'The Woman Question',"
Richard Stites, "Nihilism and Women," both in Fathers and Children, pp. 280-89.

Mon 11/7
Discussion: Fathers and Sons, conclusions & reactions by contemporaries
For Wed 11/9
* Dostoevsky (Handbook, pp.102-8 RES)
* Dostoevsky: Notes From Underground, Part I
* N. G. Chernyshevsky: "From What's to be Done?" in Dostoevsky, Notes, pp.99-117.

ORAL REPORT / Discussion # 6 (Rachel):
Costlow, "'Oh-là-là..." Fathers and Children 304-18

ORAL REPORT / Discussion # 7 (Emily): Pam Morris, "F & S and the 'Woman Question',"and Richard Stites, "Nihilism and Women," both in Fathers and Sons, pp. 280-89

Wed 11/9
Lecture / discussion: Dostoevsky, background. The Philosophy in Part I of Notes from Underground (and Chernyshevsky & Utilitarian, determinist philosophies)


For Fri 11/11
* Dostoesky: Notes From Underground, Part II
* Nekrasov poem
*Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

Dostoevsky's Petersburg

Fri 11/11
Discussion: Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, Part II: the philosophy of Part I applied?

For Mon 11/14
READ (everybody), ORAL REPORT # 8 (Casey):

* Mikhail Bakhtin, "Discourse in Dostoevsky," in appendix to Notes from Underground, pp. 146-156
Mon 11/14
Discussion 1: Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground conclusions. The dialogic form; the possibility of totally honest confession.

For Wed 11/16
Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Parts 1 and 2
Discussion themes:
Dostoevsky's general approach to Realism
Raskolnikov's divided personality
& his family (metonymic description)
Murder & Space
Murder & Time
Murder & Action
Mikhail Bakhtin, "Discourse in Dostoevsky"
READ (everybody) & ORAL REPORT # 9 (Katie) Christa, Boris, "Dostoevskii and Money," in W. J. Leatherbarrow, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Dostoevskii, Cambridge, Cambridge UP, 2002, pp. 93-110. MR

Wed 11/16

Discussion: Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment 1-2.

For Fri 11/18

* Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Parts 3 and 4
Discussion Themes:
Characters & composition
Raskolnikov's doubles emerge
3 plot lines emerge:
Raskolnikov family plot
Marmeladov family plot
Porfiry & Murder plot
ORAL REPORT/DISCUSSION # 9 (Katie). Christa-Dostoevskii-Money
DUE: Project I.3 (Gadget/machine/apparel or your "Notes")
Fri 11/18
I will be at the ASEEES CONFERENCE
: Take the day for reading!

For Mon 11/21

* Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Parts 5, 6 + Epilogue

Discussion Themes:
The genre of the whole & the three plots?
Gothic novel
Poor clerk natural school story
Adventure novel/detective story
Raskolnikov's motivations for the crime and 60s ideas
Raskolnikov's doubles and dreams

Mon 11/21
Discussion: Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, 3-4
For Wed 11/23
READ (everybody) ORAL REPORT # 10 (Johnna)
Moravia, Alberto, "The Marx-Dostoevsky Duel" in Crime and Punishment, pp. 619-22
Pereverzev, V., ["A Marxist Summing-up of Dostoevsky"] in Crime and Punishment, pp. 623-24
USSR Ministry of Culture on Dostoevsky at Russian Universities in 1953,1955, 1984, in Crime and Punishment, pp.624-28
READ if you want:
Michael Holquist, "Puzzle and Mystery, the Narrative Poles of Knowing: Crime and Punishment" in Crime and Punishment, pp. 565-70
Wed 11/23
Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishmen, 5-6-Epilogue;
Dostoevsky & Crime and Punishment, Christianity/Marxism

READ if you want:
Some samples of 19th-century women writers who due to gender prejudices of the era have not gained the canonical status of the other writers in this course. We will not have time to discuss them in class, but I hope that these samples will inspire you to read more of them!
All the texts are from Russian Women Writers, ed. Christine Tomei, Vol. I, New York, Garland Publishing.

Nadezhda Durova andMariia Zhukova and Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaia and Evegniia Tur and Lidiia Zinov'eva-Annibal

For Mon 11/28
Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

ORAL REPOPT / Discussion # 10 (Johnna)
Moravia, Alberto, "The Marx-Dostoevsky Duel"
Pereverzev, V., ["A Marxist Summing-up of Dostoevsky"]
USSR Ministry of Culture on Dostoevsky at Russian Universities in 1953,1955, 1984

Project II: Outline & bibliography due

Evening screening (if time allows!)--time/place to be discussed:
Crime and Punishment. French (Pierre Chenal) version, 1935, black & white, 110 min.
This is one of the masterpieces of Pierre Chenal, (1935, black & white, 110 minutes) with Pierre Blanchard as Raskolnikov and Harry Baur as the detective, Porfiry--both superb performances. French with English subtitles Mac: PG 3326.P74714 1989 videotape

with clips from:

Lev Kulidzhanov, Crime and Punishment, Russian version (1970, 224 mins black & white, starting at 6pm) the print is bad: no sound, illegible subtitles skinny rectangle on square screen. . . Still this is the version I'd recommend as the closest to Dostoevsky's original and with great acting by Georgi Taratorkin as Raskolnikov and (esp.!) Innokenty Smoktunovsky as Porfiry. Russian with (illegible) English subtitles. Mac: PG3326.P747 1989 videotape, pt. 1-2

Josef von Sternberg, Crime and Punishment (Columbia Pictures, 1935, 88 min). This version takes us far afield from Dostoevsky, from Rodion Romanovich to Roderick, from Svidrigailov to "Grilov," from the axe to a poker as the murder weapon, etc. etc.--amusing in its own way, but NOT Dostoevsky. Memorable mostly for Peter Lorre's vivid over-acted terrific Raskolnikov (both in his coolest and his maddest aspects) and Edward Arnold as the memorable detective. This one is in English. Mac: PG3326.P74713 1993

The recent Bravo/Gala Film version, directed by Julian Jarrold, produced by David Snodin, starring: John Simm, Iam McDiarmid, Shaun Dingwall, etc. etc.(4 hours taped with commercials, alas)

Lecture: Realism, the novel, & Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.
For Wed 11/30
* Tolstoy (Handbook, pp. 476-80 RES)
* Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Ideally you should have finished the novel by now--otherwise the plot might be revealed before you know how it ends. . . An in-depth analysis of the novel is impossible in a survey class and we will focus on a few aspects of it. Think about the following as you read:
**Gender questions (Tolstoy's ideas about women, women in 19th-century Russia, representations of women in literature
** Social hierarchies
**Moral hierarchies
** Dual plot structure and parallel characters
**The metonymic principle
**Animal symbolism
** Railroad symbolism
Wed 11/30
Anna Karenina
For Fri 12/2

* Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina--Mac owns 4 versions (available as usual in Media Services after screening):
• US; Dir. Clarence Brown, prod. David Selznick; Based on Eugene O’Neill play with Greta Garbo, Fredric March Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O’Sullivan. B&W 1930, 96 min. PG3366.A663 1990
• US; Alexander Korda production with Vivien Leigh, Kieron Moore, Ralph Richardson, Sally Ann Howes, Hugh Dempster; B&W, 1948, 111 min. PG3366.A663 1994 videotape
• US, Dir. Simon Langton, with Jacqueline Bisset, Christopher Reeve, & Paul Scofield, color, 96 min., 1985 film. PG3366.A645 1990 vidseotape
• USSR, Mosfilm, 1988. Photography: Kalashnikov; dir.: Aleksandra Zarkhi; actors: Tatiana Samoilova, Nikolai Gritzenko, Vasilii Lanovoi. Video 1997, color, 103 min PG3366.L488 1997
Fri 12/2
Anna Karenina

For Mon 12/5

*Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Mon 12/5
Anna Karenina

For Wed 12/7
*Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
DUE: Project II drafts--final deadline for feedback
Wed 12/7
Anna Karenina--conclusions

For Fri 12/9
*Chekhov: The Seagull, MR

Fri 12/9
Chekhov and Neo-Realism; The Seagull

For Mon 12/12
*Chekhov: The Seagull

Discussion: Chekhov, The Seagull

DUE: Project I.4 (movie review)
DUE: Project II: final version
Wed 12/14

FINAL EXAM Friday December 16 1:30-3:30

Covers material we've read/discussed after Midterm only.


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