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Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace: Writing as Fighting

SLA 415/COM 415/RES 415

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We start with Tolstoy's artistic stimuli and narrative strategies, explore the author's provocative visions of war, gender, sex, art, social institutions, death, and religion. The emphasis is placed here on the role of a written word in Tolstoy's search for truth and power. The main part is a close reading of his masterwork The War and Peace (1863-68) - a quintessence of both his artistic method and philosophical insights. Each student will be assigned to keep a "hero's diary" and speak on behalf of one or two major heroes of the epic (including the Spirit of History). The roles will be distributed in accordance with the will of fate.
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Section L01

  • Type: Lecture
  • Section: L01
  • Status: O
  • Enrollment: 25
  • Capacity: 35
  • Class Number: 41272
  • Schedule: TTh 11:00 AM-12:20 PM