Summer Courses 2012





Fate and Chance in Literature and Culture

Term: 
Summer 2013
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
RUSSIAN (RUSS)
Course Number: 
RUSS 432 920
Schedule: 
Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Schedule: 
Thursday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Day(s): 
Tuesday
Day(s): 
Thursday
Instructor: 

ZUBAREV, VERA

Crosslistings: 
CINE432920, COML196920
Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Secondary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Note: 
Forms a part of the LPS Masters in Liberal Arts Program.
Course Description: 

In Fate and Chance in Literature and Culture, we will explore these two interrelated concepts in comparative perspective over a broad historical range. As a result, the students will learn how the philosophy of fate and chance has been reflected in works of different Russian authors and in different cultural and political environments. In Russian as well as western systems of belief fate and chance represent two extreme visions of the universal order, or, perhaps, two diametrically opposed cosmic forces: complete determinism, on the one hand, and complete chaos or unpredictability, on the other. These visions have been greatly reflected by various mythopoetic systems. In this course, we will investigate religious and folkloric sources from a series of Russian traditions compared to other Indo-European traditions (Greek, East-European). Readings will include The Song of Prince Igor's Campaign, The Gambler by Dostoevsky, The Queen of Spades by Pushkin, Vij by Gogol, The Black Monk by Chekhov, The Fatal Eggs by Bulgakov, and more.


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