Course Title: RUSSIAN SHORT STORY: 4 great writers
Instructor: Jeffrey Brooks
Brought to you by Odyssey
September 06, 2023 - October 11, 2023 (6 Sessions)
Wednesday, 6 PM ET
Virtual via Zoom
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The short story propelled innovation in Russian culture and influenced literary developments abroad. This course explores the origin and development of the Russian short story through works of four masters: Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, Isaac Babel, and Mikhail Zoshchenko. Each author occupies a stage in the development of Russian fiction. Gogol bridges the gap between Pushkin’s romantic spirit and Dostoevsky’s great novels. Chekhov draws from realism, popular culture, and the serialized novel to deliver the modern short story. Babel provides understated vignettes of the savagery of Russia’s Civil War (1917-1922) and Zoshchenko subjects Stalin’s tyranny to satire and humor. Students will read selected stories by each author in recent editions by the best translators. Assignments will include suggested films and visual material linked with the stories and their authors.
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