A Guided Reading of Doctor Zhivago, Master and Margarita, and the poems of Anna Akhmatova with Jeffrey Brooks, PhD

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Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: A Guided Reading of Doctor Zhivago, Master and Margarita, and the poems of Anna Akhmatova.

Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Brooks

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March 27, 2024 - May 01, 2024 (6 Sessions)  

Wednesday,  6PM ET  

Virtual via Zoom 

 

 

Course Description: This course offers a guided Reading of Doctor Zhivago, Master and Margarita, and the poems of Anna Akhmatova. Boris Pasternak and Mikhail Bulgakov wrote two of the greatest Soviet novels. Their themes are love and loss under the Leninist-Stalinist state. Pasternak personalized the suffocation of emotion and creative expression, whereas Bulgakov brought the Devil and his entourage to Moscow to demonstrate the eternal nature of evil. The final class is dedicated to Akhmatova, the greatest poet of the era, who drew on her own experiences of persecution and suffering to write in praise of joy and courage. The online sessions will clarify any confusion about the characters, fill in the context, and share views about the material.

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ABOUT Jeffrey Brooks (Ph.D)
Professor, History

I study and teach the political and cultural history of modern Russia, the history of the Soviet-American Cold War, and the great works of Russian and Soviet culture in their contemporary context. My The Firebird and the Fox: Russian Culture under Tsars and Bolsheviks (Cambridge University Press, 2019) showcases the genius of Russian literature, art, music, and dance over a century of turmoil within the dynamic cultural ecosystem that shaped it. The Firebird and the Fox explores the shared traditions, mutual influences, and enduring themes that recur in these art forms from 1850-1950. The book uses two emblematic characters from Russian culture—the firebird, symbol of the transcendent power of art in defiance of circumstance and the efforts of censors to contain creativity; and the fox, usually female and representing wit, cleverness and the agency of artists and everyone who triumphs over adversity—to explore how Russian cultural life changed over the period. High culture drew on folk and popular genres, then in turn influences an expanding commercial culture.

My research has been supported by The Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, The National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, and the IREX Academy Exchange, among others.

I received the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in Arts and Sciences in 2004.

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 Event Date
Starts:
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
6:00pm EDT

Ends:
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
7:30pm EDT

 Contact
Odyssey
1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)
odyssey@jhu.edu

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