Fall 2008

Advanced Studies in Russian Literature and Culture I

Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-43


Viktoria Schweitzer (Section 01)


The topic changes every year. This year’s theme will be “The Poet and History.” We will read the historical writings of Alexander Pushkin in different genres, namely his story “The Captain’s Daughter” and his essay “The History of Pugachev during the reign of Catherine the Great.” We will then read Marina Tsvetaeva’s essay “Pushkin and Pugachev,” in which she reflects on how prose genres shape the poet’s viewpoint on historical events. If time allows, we will also examine Pushkin’s and Tsvetaeva’s poems on historical themes. Taught entirely in Russian. Fall semester. Senior Lecturer Emerita Schweitzer.