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*To avoid confusion in class when referring to specific passages, please be sure to purchase these editions.
All readings and discussion will be in English, but I am happy to arrange supplemental sessions for students interested in considering poetry or prose excerpts in the original Russian.
Attendance: You are allowed 2 absences during the semester. Additional absences may lead to a lower final grade.
Participation: Daily participation is expected and you will be evaluated in accordance with your level of preparation (how carefully you read, did you take notes, come in with questions?) and participation in class discussion.
Classroom etiquette: Please do not chew gum or eat during class. Remember to turn off cell phones and put them away in your bag before entering the classroom. You may not check your phone for text messages during class. If you choose to take notes on your laptop, please refrain from checking email or browsing the internet during class.
Reading Questions: Reading questions will be posted to Blackboard at least 24 hours before each class. Although you are not required to respond in written form, you should consider the reading questions in preparation for class discussion.
Discussion Board: You are strongly encouraged (but not required) to use the Discussion Board feature on Blackboard to engage your fellow students in conversation about the texts.
Honor Code: All work must be pledged (PDF download). You are encouraged to discuss readings with fellow students, but you should not collaborate on specific written assignments. Remember to cite all primary and secondary sources (including URLs) and give proper credit for any borrowed ideas. Please come see me if you have any questions about plagiarism or how to document your research.
Disabilities: If you have a documented disability on record at Davidson and wish to have a reasonable accommodation made for you in this class, please see me as soon as possible at the beginning of the semester.
|Tu. 1/15||Welcome and introduction|
|Th. 1/17||Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard|
Bely: Petersburg (1-140)
|Th. 1/24||Bely: Petersburg (141-216)|
|Tu. 1/29||Bely: Petersburg (217-293)|
|Th. 1/31||Bunin: "The Gentleman from San Francisco, " "Mitya's Love," and "Sunstroke."|
Babel: Red Cavalry (33-105)
|Th. 2/7||Babel: Red Cavalry (106-169)|
|Tu. 2/12||Zamiatin: We (record 1-21)|
|Th. 2/14||Zamiatin: We (record 22-40)|
|Tu. 2/19||Olesha: Envy (1-84)|
|Th. 2/21||Olesha: Envy (85-152)|
|Tu.2/26||Platonov: The Foundation Pit (3-57)|
|Th. 2/28||Platonov: The Foundation Pit (58-141)|
|Tu. 3/4 and Th. 3/6||NO CLASS (SPRING BREAK)|
|Tu. 3/11||Chukovskaia: Sofia Petrovna|
|Th. 3/13||Bulgakov: The Master & Margarita (7-103)|
|Tu. 3/18||Bulgakov: The Master & Margarita (104-213)|
|Th. 3/20||NO CLASS (Midterm: Due by midnight on Wednesday 3/26)|
|Tu.3/25||NO CLASS (EASTER BREAK)|
Bulgakov: The Master & Margarita (217-275)
|Tu.4/1||Bulgakov: The Master & Margarita (276-396)|
|Th. 4/3||Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago (3-128)|
Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago (129-276)
|Th.4/10||Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago (277-418)|
|Tu. 4/15||Pasternak: Doctor Zhivago (419-519 + poems, 523-559)|
|Th.4/17||Solzhenitsyn: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich|
|Tu.4/22||Nabokov: Speak Memory (9-172)|
|Th. 4/24||Nabokov: Speak Memory (173-310)|
Pelevin: Homo Zapiens (1-178)
|Th.5/1||Pelevin: Homo Zapiens (179-250)|
Wrapping up & Evaluations
Final Paper due on Blackboard at 5:00 p.m.
|Friday 5/9-Wednesday 5/14||Final exam|