Leo Tolstoy

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Russian

Course Number: 
228
Institution: 
Amherst College

Count Leo Tolstoy’s life and writings encompass self-contradictions equaled in scale only by the immensity of his talent: the aristocrat who renounced his wealth, the former army officer who preached nonresistance to evil, the father of thirteen children who advocated total chastity within marriage and, of course, the writer of titanic stature who repudiated all he had previously written, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina. We will read these two masterworks in depth, along with other fictional and non-fictional writings ("The History of Yesterday," Childhood, Strider, Confession, Sebastopol Stories, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, "What Is Art?"), as we explore his abiding search for the meaning of ever-inaccessible "self," his far-reaching artistic innovations, and his evolving views on history, the family, war, death, religion, art, and education. Conducted in English, all readings in translation, with special assignments for students who read Russian. Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester.  Professor Wolfson

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
RUSS-228-01-1213S

Course Sections

Leo Tolstoy
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Boris Wolfson

bwolfson@amherst.edu

TTH 10:00AM-11:20AM

MERR 314