(1818-1883) Russian writer. Ivan Turgenev was a recognized 19th-century novelist, playwright and poet, though he was not as famous as his contemporaries, Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Despite the fact that his works are not as popular or as well-read as those of and Dostoevsky, he made a valuable contribution to 19th century Russian literature.
19th Century Russian Literature
Mondays, 10 a.m.- noon
Jan 27-Mar 10 (No meeting 2/17)
What does life mean in the face of death? What is the power of the word — and what are its limitations? How can one live a moral life in a world filled with falsity and injustice? At the core of the Russian literary tradition is a willingness to wrestle with vital questions at the heart of human existence. By turns funny, shocking, bleak, and transcendent, the works in this course will ask us to consider the meaning of truth and beauty and the purpose of literary art.
Anne Hruska has taught courses in Russian and European literature at UC Berkeley, the University of Missouri, and Stanford. She is mainly interested in 19th-century prose and the ways in which serfdom and social change are reflected in literature. Dr. Hruska received her Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2001.
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