Instructor: Yuliya Basina
office CL 1417 (Slavic Languages Department)
office hours T Th 2:30 – 3:45
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will be devoted to reading of important works from 19th
century Russian literature. Authors will include famous writers, such as Alexandr Pushkin, Nikolai
Gogol, Leo Tolstoy, Feodor Dostoyevsky, and Anton Chekhov, as well as authors much less known in
the West. Every work will be examined in terms of structure and literary techniques, as well as in
terms of its literary and social impact. The course will consist of lectures and discussions. All students
are expected to actively participate in the discussions, and their participation will be graded.
REQUIRED READINGS: Every week, students will receive the required reading from the instructor.
Readings are due the following week. Some texts are longer than others.
Attendence and participation (20% of final grade): Attendence will be taken at the
beginning of every class. Any students arriving after attendance has been taken must
check in with the instructor at the end of the class or accept being marked absent.
Excused absence due to illness—personal or in the family—must be documented and
absent students are responsible for acquiring relevant class notes. All unexcused absences
will receive an automatic grade of “UA” for that session. Five such “UA” grades will
result in an “F” for the course
Active participation in class discussions is crucial to the course. Silence during class
grade of “D”; and after five more, a grade of “F.”
Presentations (20% of final grade): Each student will make a 10-15 minute individual
presentation on one of the works read for the class. Students may chose which aspect of
the work they prefer to focus on for their presentation. However, their choice must be
discussed with the instructor.
Examinations (30% of final grade): Instead of a midterm and a final exam, there will be three hour
exams during the semester. Each exam will consist of a series of identifications (names, years, titles,
events, etc.) and two essay-answers. No exam will be re-scheduled and no make-up exams are
Quizzes (10% of final grade): There will be announced and unannounced quizzes
during the semester. Each quiz will last a maximum of 15 minutes. Quizzes will consist
of some of the following: identification, narrative developments, literary devices, and
historical or critical commentary.
Students who are absent on the day of a quiz receive no grade on the
quiz. No quiz will be re-scheduled and no make-up quizzes are permitted.
responses to the works we read. These responses will also be used to stimulate class
discussion. Journal assignments will help students to prepare for class discussions and to
review for the exams.
Reading all assignments, Attendance and Participation in class discussion are mandatory. Two excused
absences are permitted during the term. Further absences will affect your grade.
Quizzes and the writing of in-class paragraphs will be used to identify the works and clarify
ideas/questions raised in the stories, and to further stimulate class discussion. Missed quizzes will not
be made up.
Journal entries should be focused and analytical. Typed journal entries will be handed in 3 times on
the days of each hour exam.
Write up journal commentaries on at least 4 stories/2 authors in each segment. Each journal should
be a minimum of 8 pages and no more than 12 pages. Each commentary should have its own theme,
although you may compare two or more stories in one entry for a richer discussion, e.g., Discuss
characterization of Russian women or Russian men in 2-3 stories, or by 2 different authors; or compare
the Use of Irony in two different stories by two different authors; or the Construction of Plot in two
stories or by two different authors; or Point of View or a recurrent Theme and its representation in 2 or
more stories; or Use of Symbolism or Use of Setting by different authors; or Comic elements in Gogol,
etc. Refer to “Aspects of Narrative” (see last pages) for terms, and suggestions.
All students are expected to act with civility and personal integrity; respect other
students’ dignity, rights and property; and help create and maintain an environment in
which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts. An environment of
academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community.
Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of
copying, plagiarizing, submitting another person’s work as one’s own, using Internet
sources without citation, using online translators, fabricating field data or citations,
ghosting (i.e., taking an exam for another student or having an exam taking for self),
stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating
other students’ acts of academic dishonesty, etc.
Students charged with a breach of academic integrity will receive due process and, if the
offense, from an F for the assignment to an F for the course.
Cellular Phone Policy:
All cellular telephones must be switched off before coming to class. The use of all mobile
devices during class is prohibited.
If you have questions or problems, come to talk to me during my office hours. If you
cannot make it at that time, see me by the end of class, and we will schedule an
Students with disabilities who require special testing accommodations or other
classroom modifications are encouraged to notify me and must notify the Office of
Disability Resources and Services no later than the end of the first week of classes.
Students may be asked to provide documentation of their disabilities to determine the
appropriateness of their requests. The Office of Disability Resources and Services is
located in 216 William Pitt Union and is available by telephone (voice or TTY) at 412-
Th February 4 LERMONTOV. PRINCESS MARY.
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