Russian Short Stories

GENINT 711.370

Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss Russian literature from the early 19th century to the fall of the Soviet Union.

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During the period beginning with the reign of the Tsars in the early 19th century to the collapse of the Soviet Union, literary themes reflected reactions to the cruelty of the bourgeoisie, the bureaucracy of communism, or the torture of the prison camps. In this course, we read stories by acknowledged masters of Russian literature—Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and Solzhenitsyn—and tales by long-suppressed figures such as the subversive Kryzhizanowsky and the surrealist Shalamov. Additionally, we explore stories that reflect Kharms’s dark absurdism, Teffi’s subtle evocation of human stupidity, and Zoshchenko’s satirical vignettes of everyday life in the decade after the 1917 Revolution.

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