Spring 2009

Advanced Studies in Russian Literature and Culture II

Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-44


Tatyana Babyonyshev (Section 01)


The topic changes every year. This semester we will read Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita. In this major twentieth-century novel, Bulgakov aims his satiric pen at the excesses of Stalinist Russia in a fantastic and philosophical meditation on the nature of good and evil. Boundless fantasy intertwines with reality, buffoonery with profound seriousness, satire with genuine religious feeling; Muscovites of the 1930s coexist with medieval witches and devils, Soviet bureaucrats with Jesus of Nazareth, Mephistopheles with Pontius Pilate. Two class meetings per week. Taught entirely in Russian. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer Babyonyshev.