RUSS 325: Major Russian Writers

RUSS 325-001: War and Peace
(Fall 2021)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Horizon Hall 5008

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Section Information for Fall 2021

RUSS 325 - 001: War and Peace

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. 

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of works of major Russian writers in translation. Writers to be studied vary. Notes: May be repeated once for credit when course content is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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