03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW
Horizon Hall 5008
Section Information for Fall 2021
War and Peace harnesses the frequent struggles and persistent joys of everyday life in Moscow, the countryside, the front and abroad as France invaded the Russian Empire during the Napoleonic Wars (1805-1820). Tolstoy’s novel leaves no reader unsatisfied: it mobilizes the perspectives of women and men, peasants and aristocrats, generals, priests, mothers, fathers and children. It ranges in detail from the minutia of a brooch or bullet to the sky’s vast expanse after the storm of battle. Epic in scope and scale, War and Peace aims at no less than to grasp the true meaning of life. In this seminar we will read carefully the full novel and a variety of theoretical and critical responses to it that will help us understand its significance to Russian, world literature, and our lives today. Fulfills Mason Core Literature Requirement and Writing Requirement for Russian majors.