Russian Short Stories
Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss Russian literature from the early 19th century to the fall of the Soviet Union.
About this course: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.
Summer 2020 Schedule
These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.
No meetings July 5; August 2, 2020. Plus members pay only $40 for this course. Visitors not permitted. Please download a free version of zoom at https://zoom.us/ to participate in this course.
You must be a current member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UCLA to enroll in this course. To become a member, proceed with enrolling in an OLLI course and you will be prompted to purchase a membership during checkout. For more information about OLLI, visit the Osher website.