Carnegie Mellon University

19th Century Russian Masterpieces

Course Number: 82-294

In the 19th century, Russian writers produced some of the most beloved works of Western literature, among them Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment and Tolstoys Anna Karenina. These novels continue to captivate audiences and inspire adaptations in theater, film, and television. This course will examine the fertile century that yielded such masterpieces. In addition to the works mentioned above, students will encounter texts by writers who may be less well known but are no less significant, including Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Chekhov, and Pavlova. We will consider the social and cultural circumstances in which these works were produced and reflect on the reasons these Russian masterpieces have appealed to audiences well beyond the Russian-speaking world.

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Units: 9-12
Prerequisite(s): None