The Power of Evil in Post-Revolutionary Russian Literature

HNR 240 - The Power of Evil in Post-Revolutionary Russian Literature

MySlice Info:

Term: Fall 2016
Class #: 26878
Section: M004
Credits: 3

Patricia Burak

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
T TH 6:30 - 7:50 p.m.


Course Description:

The study of literature and film of post-revolutionary Russia will provide insights and stories of the human condition beyond the comprehension of most who live in contemporary times. What strength of character, beliefs and morality allowed people to survive? This course will explore these and other questions related to the human condition. Works to be studied include “Matryona’s Home” and 10 selected chapters from THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO by A. Solzhenitsyn; Master and Margarita by M. Bulgakov; Grey Is the Color Of Hope by Irina Ratushinskaya; “Requiem” by A. Akhmatova and Within the Whirlwind by Evgenia Ginzburg. Films to be viewed include “Burnt by the Sun, ” Nikita Mikhalkov's 1994 film about the Stalin period and The Thief,” Pavel Chukhrai, a 1997 Russian film which was nominated for multiple awards including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category in 1998. This film so vividly portrays “the everyday reality of life in Stalin's Russia.” No pre-requisites. Students who have already taken LIT 226 and/or LIT 227 may enroll in this course. There will be no repetition of readings or course material.