Is it possible to escape the old and start over, entirely anew? This course will consider the notion of starting over on a societal level and the implications for those whose lives span both the end of the old and the beginning of the new. Medium-length novels by Olesha, Platonov, Pelevin and Prilipin will provide the core material for examination of the effects of monumental societal change on those who experience radical dislocation from the old and/or involuntary placement in the new. Major assessments in the course will include analytical essay(s) and a final project, the nature, scope and format of which will be determined in consultation with members of the class.
Open to all seniors and to juniors with permission of Department Chair.
NOTE: Russian Literature A & B are two separate, senior-level, semester elective courses. Russian Literature A is not a prerequisite for Russian Literature B.