RUSS-486 Madness and Madmen in Russian Literature
Offered academic year 2012-2013
In this course we will examine a variety of Russian literary portrayals of madness. It has become a critical commonplace that Russian literature often expresses unpalatable truths that cannot be addressed in other fora. We will therefore look beyond the “clinical” manifestations of insanity in each work and examine madness as a metaphor for social, moral, and political pathologies. This course is designed to: introduce upper-level students to a broad range of Russian writers; to familiarize them with the notion of inter-texts; to ground their interpretations in close readings of texts; and to strengthen their writing skills.
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