2021-2022 Catalog

RUSN 335 Tolstoy's "War and Peace": Russian Section

In this Russian language version partnered with CSLC 135, in addition to reading Tolstoy's novel, War and Peace, in English, students will read Book Ten in Russian. Students will submit weekly reports that deal with multiple aspects of the Russian text, including Tolstoy’s use of syntax to achieve textual defamiliarization, his idiosyncratic vocabulary that challenges translation, and his fusion of time and space through grammatical and syntactical devices. Students will also present weekly translations of selected passages along with issues they encounter in attempting to create an accurate yet artistically appealing translation. As a final project, each student will also select a passage from another Book of War and Peace and provide an annotated translation.


5 units


RUSN 201 or permission of instructor

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