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RUSS-467 The Russian Novel: War and Peace
Professor Morris
War and Peace is generally considered to mark a highpoint in the tradition of the nineteenth-century Russian novel. It is, however, a highly unnovelistic novel. Several different "peace" plots alternate with several different "war" plots. Moreover, the author also speculates at length on the method and meaning of history. This course will focus on the challenges presented by the novel's dispersion of focus and will explore as well the nature of fiction as presented in War and Peace. The purpose of the course is threefold: to introduce students to the complexities of a major Russian novel in the original language; to examine the novel in a critical fashion; to refine students' ability to write effectively about literature. Readings and discussions in Russian, papers in English. (Not offered 2004-05)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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