SPRING 2012

TOLSTOY’S WAR AND PEACE Parts 1 and 2

Tolstoy’s renown masterpiece, War and Peace (1869) defies straightforward categorization. It is a family novel, a Bildungsroman, a psychological novel as well as a historical novel. In this class we will explore a wide scope of its themes, which embrace the meaning of human existence, family values, one’s spiritual quest, love and selfhood. We will approach this novel through the close reading, which will go parallel to several background mini-lectures presenting the nineteenth-century European and Russian history, Russian culture as well as Tolstoi the artist, religious thinker, and philosopher.

We will read War and Peace in Peaver/Volokhonsky translation (Vintage Classics, 2008). Assignment for the first class: Vol. 1, Parts 1-2, pages 3-200.

SCHEDULE

Tolstoy's War & Peace. Part 1 (Volumes 1-2) LTR17S

5 Fridays April 20-May 18 2012

1-3 pm 

Class 1  April 20 Introduction to Tolstoy's War & Peace. Volume 1, Part 

Class 2 April 27 Volume 1, Parts 2 & 3

Class 3 May 4 Volume 2, Part 1-2

Class 4 May 11 Volume 2 Parts 3-4

Class 5 May 18 Volume 2 Part 5

 

Tolstoy's War & Peace. Part 2 (Volumes 3-4 & Epilogue) LTR20S

5 Fridays May 25-June 22

1-3 pm

Class 1 (6) May 25 Volume 3 Part 1

Class 2 (7) June 1 Volume 3 Part 2

Class 3 (8) June 8 Volume 3 Part 3

Class 4 (9) June 15 Volume 4 Parts 1-3

Class 5 (10) June 22 Volume 4 Part 4, Epilogue Parts 1-2



 
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