Pasternak & Solzhenitsyn

LIT 227 - Pasternak & Solzhenitsyn

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2014
Class #: 33666
Section: M002
Credits: 3

Patricia Burak

Counts toward:
Dept Hum, Presentation

Course Time(s):
T TH 6:30 - 7:50 pm


Course Description:

Two renowned Nobel Prize winners, Boris Pasternak and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, have explored the meaning of life in their great novels, Dr. Zhivago and The First Circle, the two main texts of LIT 227. In addition, students read biographies of both authors, and Solzhenitsyn's first novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. We study the themes of revolution, war, communism, prison, love, family, and fidelity in the context of the life experiences of Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn and the characters of these novels. Pasternak's poetry, and Solzhenitsyn's own prison experience elevate these novels to the ranks of world famous literature. Students make oral presentations, write papers and do projects which thoroughly integrate the themes of these novels to the times in which they were written, and the reality of current times.