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RUSS6621

Nikolai Gogol

In his brilliant essay The Apotheosis of a Mask Vladimir Nabokov called Gogol’s work “a grotesque and grim nightmare making black holes in the dim pattern of life.” Reading Gogol’s masterpieces, from his earlier Romantic tales to fantastic Petersburg’s short stories, from his eminent comedy An Inspector General to his mysterious novel/poem Dead Souls, students will learn to distinguish the writer’s life and artistic strategies. We will explore Gogol’s work within the broad literary and cultural contexts of his time. Students will write weekly one-page response papers and a final paper.
Readings:
Невский проспект
Нос
Записки сумасшедшего
Шинель
Ревизор
Мертвые души

Secondary literature (articles for discussion)
Б. Эйхенбаум. Как сделана «Шинель» Гоголя
О. Проскурин. Посмертное братство: Как Гоголь стал Пушкиным, а Пушкин — Гоголем
Subject:
Russian
Department:
Russian
Division:
Language School
Requirements Fulfilled:
Literature

Sections

Summer 2012

RUSS6621A-L12 Lecture (Proskurin)

Summer 2009

RUSS6621A-L09 Lecture (Vinitsky)