Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

RUSSIAN 89S

The Russians go deep into your soul and discover strange and scary things lurking there. In a year of political upheavals, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are more relevant than ever. They wrote in a time when personal freedoms were under threat; when saying the wrong word could send you straight to prison; when social classes were in conflict and revolution was in the air. They ask: how can God be all-powerful and yet allow suffering? Why do I do evil though I want to do good? Can I understand the soul of another? Above all, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy are great storytellers. Taught in English, but you may choose to read the assignments in any language--English, Russian, or any other.

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Russian Federation
Faculty: 

Carol Apollonio

Crosslisting Numbers: 
ETHICS 89S. LIT 89S
Areas of Knowledge: 
ALP, CCI
Modes of Inquiry: 
CCI, EI
Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
Yes
Literature in Translation?
Yes