Alexander Pushkin

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Alexander Pushkin

Fall 2021

Taught By: Inessa Medzhibovskaya

Section: A

CRN: 11128

Credits: 4

Two hundred and twenty years after his birth, Pushkin remains Russia’s greatest poet and her greatest love. The “merry name” of Pushkin, this “sun of Russian poetry,” resonates for Russians with the sounds of sheer divinity, with mischievous playfulness and stoic seriousness, which coexist in his world with flawless and effortless grace. Gogol, Lermontov, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Nabokov, and later Russian master poets and writers (for example, Marina Tsvetaeva) all learned much from Pushkin, and their work cannot be understood fully without a consideration of his influence. Pushkin’s brief life (1799–1837), which ended in a fatal duel fought to protect the honor of his family, has long served as an educational model for maintaining individual dignity in the face of power. Pushkin’s mixed race origin and his descent from Russian and African aristocrats inspired his study of history and made him one of the best-educated cosmopolitans and shrewd political wits of his time, roaming across the globe poetically even though the Tsars never let him leave the borders of Russia. This course will immerse students in Pushkin’s world through the study of his greatest masterpieces in poetry and prose: “The Gypsies,” Eugene Onegin, “The Tales of Belkin,” The Little Tragedies, “The Bronze Horseman,” “Boris Godunov,” “The Queen of Spades,” “Captain’s Daughter,” and selected lyrics, fairy tales, shorter works of prose, criticism, personal letters, and journalism. This course fulfills the Single-Author requirement in Literary Studies. After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 16

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* 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: 11:13am 10/17/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/13/2021