Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace: A Guided Reading with Jeffrey Brooks, PhD

Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace: A Guided Reading with Jeffrey Brooks, PhD

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Course Title: Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace: A Guided Reading

Instructor: Jeffrey Brooks

Brought to you by Odyssey  

October 25, 2023 - November 29, 2023 (6 Sessions)  

Wednesday, 6:00 PM ET 

Virtual via Zoom


COURSE DESCRIPTION: In War and Peace Tolstoy evokes the chaos of war, offers a cornucopia of characters, and probes the complexity of love and heroism. In the context of the Emancipation of the Russian serfs, he expands the realist novel to question the very meaning of historical inquiry. Although the work is 150 years old, it remains live to readers globally and especially in Russian-speaking countries. Soldiers of the Russian and Ukrainian armies, and even the convicts of Prigozhin’s forces, carry Pierre, Andrei, Natasha, and the full caste into the trenches thanks to their high school lessons in literature. In this course we will read Richard Pevear’s and Larissa Volokhonsky’s superb translation and watch the British TV award-winning 2016 adaption directed by Tom Harper. The six scheduled lectures will treat the context in which Tolstoy wrote the novel and expected it to be understood. There are no written assignments and there will be time to discuss the text and the films.


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 Event Date
Wednesday, October 25, 2023
6:00pm EDT

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
7:30pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)