English 203

Graduate Readings: Tolstoy and Realism

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
4 Spring 2011 Danner, Mark
Hass, Robert, and Danner, Mark
M 6-9 P.M. 222 Wheeler

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Tolstoy, L.:  Childhood, Boyhood, Youth; The Sebastopol Sketches; War and Peace; Anna Karenina; Great Short Fiction; Resurrection; What Is Art?; A Confession.  The books for this class will be available exclusively at Analog Books, located one block up Euclid Avenue from the North Gate entrance to the Berkeley campus.


This is a team-taught course with Mark Danner, journalist, war correspondent and professor in the graduate school of journalism and Robert Hass from the English department. The aim of the course is to read through the major novels, novellas, and stories of Tolstoy and some of his later political, philosophical, and religious writings. This will constitute a serious semester of reading. The format will be discussion. Students will be expected to develop and write a long essay on some aspect of Tolstoy's work. Tolstoy, especially in War and Peace and Anna Karenina, was one of the great masters of the mid-nineteenth century realist tradition in the novel. The class will be doing some readings as well in history and theory of the novel to try to get at the aims, achievements, and tensions inside that tradition in Tsarist Russia at the height of the century and as it was coming to its end.

This class is cross-listed with Journalism 298 section 10.

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