Anna Karenina and its Afterlives

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Anna Karenina

Fall 2020

Taught By: Inessa Medzhibovskaya

Section: A

CRN: 8769

Credits: 4

Anna Karenina (1873-1877) is Leo Tolstoy's second long novel after a monumental War and Peace (1863-1869) which keeps topping competitive charts as "the greatest novel of all times." If a good novel it is: Tolstoy doubted it deserved its success. He was writing on the verge of suicide caught in the midst of a painful spiritual crisis. This struggle resulted not only in the completion of this lasting masterpiece, but also in a decisive change of its author's outlook on life and art and his rebirth as radical thinker and artistic reformer. Working closely with both the definitive version in updated translations and making way through selected drafts the course will trace the evolution of both the work and its author placing them in their appropriate historical and cultural contexts. Knowledge of Russian Is not required and neither is specialty knowledge of Tolstoy. But those taking the course should be prepared to do dedicated work with the novel's text and critical literature in translation and qualified to do so (please speak with the instructor if you have questions). In its "afterlives" capacity, the course will deal with copyright, parody and self-parody, and with the theory and practice of imitation as it will look at several attempts to rewrite, adapt and redo this masterwork in fiction and other artistic genres (theater, cinema, ballet) under differing political and ideological regimes. You are encouraged to read the novel prior to taking the course in the translation of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:37am 7/12/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/16/2020