Russian 421

Russian Romanticism in its West European Context

Full course for one semester. This course examines and contextualizes the philosophical and aesthetic ideas and artistic conventions that characterize Russian literature from the period roughly between 1780 and 1840 within the Western European cultural movements of sentimentalism and romanticism. The readings are organized around a set of central issues: the renegotiation of the boundary between poetry and philosophy, the conception of the human personality, cultural pluralism, the sublime, romantic irony, and romantic nationalism. Texts include the writings of Radishchev, Karamzin, Pushkin, Odoevsky, Pavlova, Gogol, Lermontov, and Turgenev, among the Russians; and Rousseau, Sterne, Burke, Goethe, Schiller, Hoffman, Tieck, Constant, and Byron, among the Western Europeans. Prerequisite: students who wish to take the course for Russian credit must have completed Russian 220 or obtain the consent of the instructor. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 421. Not offered 2006-07.

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