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RUTR 335

Doubles and Devils in Nineteenth Century Russian Literature

Fall 2004

Instructor: Julian W. Connolly
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Cabell Hall 104
Phone: 924-3548; e-mail: jwc4w@virginia.edu
Office hours: MW 3:00-4:000PM

This course will examine many of the most famous works of nineteenth-century Russian literature, with a particular focus on the way Russia's writers have used character doubles and images of the demonic to illustrate their exploration of issues of class, gender, and identity, both personal and national. Works to be read include selected short stories by Nikolay Gogol ("The Nose," "The Overcoat"), The Tales of Belkin by Alexander Pushkin, A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov, The Double and The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky, "First Love" by Ivan Turgenev, A Double Life by Karolina Pavlova, "The Devil" by Leo Tolstoy, and The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. All readings are in English.



Sep. 2 Introduction

Sep. 7Karamzin, "Poor Liza"*

Nikolai Gogol

Sep. 9 Gogol, "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka"--Part I

Sep. 14 Gogol, "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka"--Part II

Sep. 16 Gogol, "Vii"

Sep. 21 Gogol, "The Portrait" and "Nevsky Prospect"

Sep. 23 Gogol, "The Nose" and "The Overcoat"

Alexander Pushkin

Sep. 28 Pushkin, "The Tales of Belkin"

Sep. 30 Pushkin, "The Tales of Belkin" and "The Queen of Spades"

Mikhail Lermontov

Oct. 5 Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time

Oct. 7 Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time

Oct. 12 Reading Holiday

Karolina Pavlova


Oct. 14 Pavlova, A Double Life


Oct. 19 Pavlova, A Double Life



Feodor Dostoevsky

Oct. 26 Dostoevsky, "The Double"

Oct. 28 Dostoevsky, "The Double"

Ivan Turgenev

Nov. 2 Turgenev, "First Love"

Nov. 4Turgenev, "The Song of Triumphant Love" ("Phantoms")

Nov. 9 Dostoevsky, The Devils

Nov. 11 Dostoevsky, The Devils

Nov. 16 Dostoevsky, The Devils

Nov. 18 Dostoevsky, The Devils

Leo Tolstoy

Nov. 23 Tolstoy, "Family Happiness"


Nov. 25 Thanksgiving

Nov. 30 Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich"

Dec. 2 Tolstoy, "The Devil"; "Father Sergius"


Anton Chekhov

Dec. 7 Chekhov, The Seagull

Dec. 9 Chekhov, The Seagull

  • Pick Up Final Exam


Dec. 14 Final Exam Due

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Attendance and class participation 15%; one hour mid-term exam 25%; term paper 30%; take-home final exam 30%. Late work will not be accepted unless permission is given by the instructor in advance.

TEXTS: The following books have been ordered through the UVA Bookstore:

Gogol, N. The Complete Tales of Nikolai Gogol

Pushkin, A. Captain's Daughter and Other Stories

Lermontov, M. A Hero of Our Time

Pavlova, K. A Double Life

Dostoyevsky, F. Great Short Works of Dostoyevsky

Dostoyevsky, F. The Devils

Turgenev, I. First Love and Other Stories

Tolstoy, L. Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy

Chekhov, A. The Plays of Anton Chekhov


"Pool Liza" is available as an e-text in the "Materials" section of the RUTR 335 course web site at the Instructional Toolkit web site (http: toolkit.itc.virginia.edu)



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