RUS 341: Russian Literature in Translation 1800-1880

Block 2
M, W, F 9:00-11:30
T, Th 9:00-11:00

Lynne Ikach
316 College Hall
Office Hours: M-Th 2:30-3:30 p.m. (or by appointment)

Class Schedule
Required Texts

Homework and Class Discussions


Purpose: Top


To discuss the development of Russian literature from 1800 to 1880 and to analyze the form and content of various works of the period.


Required Texts: Top


Pushkin, Alexander. Eugene Onegin (translator--Falen)
Lermontov, Mikhail. A Hero of Our Time (translator--Nabokov)
Gogol, Nikolai. Dead Souls (translator--Guerney, ed. Fusso)
Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons (translator--Katz)
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Notes from Underground (translator--Katz)
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina (translator--Matlaw)





You are responsible for writing two (2) papers (see Daily Schedule for due dates). Each paper should be five to seven (5-7) typed, double-spaced pages in length (1 typed page = approx. 250 words). Each paper must present your own analysis of some aspect of the text. You should develop each topic from something that interests you in one of the texts. I must approve all paper topics. See me as soon as you have an idea for a paper and I will help you to develop your idea into a manageable topic. Illustrate your arguments with appropriate examples from the text, but do not use so many examples that your paper becomes a string of quotations with little or no analysis. Give proper citations for all quotations and format your papers according to the MLA Handbook. Plagiarism is unacceptable and will result in a failing grade. I will be glad to discuss your papers with you at any stage in the process. I would also encourage you to get help from the Writing Resource Center. I WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE PAPERS except in the event of a serious illness or accident.





You will have a midterm and a final examination. Both will be in-class examinations and will consist of essay questions based on class lectures and discussions.


Homework and Classroom Discussions:



You will be reading an average of 100 pages per night. I expect that you will come to class each day prepared to discuss the reading. This means not only that you must complete the assigned reading, but also that you should think about what you read and perhaps think of several questions or issues you'd like to discuss. I will provide background information on each author and on the various literary trends of the period. Class discussions work only if all students participate.





Midterm Examination 20%
First Paper 25%
Second Paper 25%
Final Examination 30%

I will give letter grades for papers and examinations. Here are the general guidelines I use when grading:
  • "F" = undeveloped ideas, little or no organization, lack of focus, multiple mechanical errors in writing (poor grammar, inappropriate choice of words, misspellings, etc.)

  • "D" = incomplete development of ideas, unproved assertions, unclear organization, errors in writing

  • "C" = adequate presentation of ideas, adequate organization, but lack of in-depth analysis, unconvincing conclusion, rough transitions, choppy sentences

  • "B" = solid development of ideas, good organization, clear focus, appropriate use of examples from the text, convincing conclusion, good writing with few, if any, errors

  • "A" = thoughtful and in-depth analysis of the text, highly convincing and memorable presentation of ideas, clear and careful organization, smooth transitions, lively and engaging writing style, no mechanical writing errors
  • As you can see from the above descriptions I will grade your assignments on writing as well as on content. This is true for both papers and examinations, although I will certainly take into account the time restriction that an in-class examination places on students.





    Attendance is mandatory because we cover a great deal of material in each class period. If you are unable to attend class you should contact me as soon as possible to explain the situation.

    Last update: June 1, 2001
    Copyright 2001 by Lynne Ikach