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Fall 2017
Sep 22, 2017
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RUSS 441 - Tolstoy:Lit of Love & Life
Routinely praised as one of the greatest novelists of all times, Leo Tolstoy defined what it is to be human, to love one’s neighbor, and to live the good life. Dostoevsky considered his Anna Karenina “sheer perfection;” Henry James referred to War and Peace as “a reflector as vast as a natural lake.” Mahatma Gandhi was “overwhelmed” by “The Kingdom of God Is within You” and considered Tolstoy to be one of the three greatest influences in his life. In this course we will examine one of the most multifaceted and influential men who has ever lived. We will immerse ourselves in Tolstoy’s thought and gain crucial insights into his paramount place in the nineteenth-century world by reading fiction dating from his early, middle and late periods, including War and Peace, Anna Karenina, a number of short stories, and the essays “What is Art?” and “The Kingdom of God Is within You.” We will chart Tolstoy’s development as a writer, his role as the world’s social conscience, and his abiding legacy of love and life.

(Taught in English. Satisfies the HALC requirement.)

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Russian Department

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