College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
    Nov 25, 2020  
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

RUSS 013. The Meaning of Life and the Russian Novel

(Cross-listed as LITR 013R )
Fall 2019

A NEW Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course

Wednesday 12-5 p.m. (includes travel time to Chester and processing time at the prison)

Held off campus at SCI Chester 

This course surveys the nineteenth-century Russian novel and some of its main themes: life, death, family, love, the individual and society, generational conflicts, crime and punishment. Our main approach will be 1.) to read and closely analyze a series of texts that became the foundation for the Russian novelistic tradition within their own contexts and 2.) to explore how these texts speak to contemporary issues, our lives, and eternal questions that all of humanity faces. Authors include Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Pushkin.
Limited to 10 Swarthmore students. Taught in translation. No knowledge of Russian language or culture required.
Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors. Enrollment only by permission of the instructor.
1.5 credits.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Russian  
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