Course Details

Course offered Autumn 2017

HONORS 240 B: RUSSIA'S BIG BOOKS: "OBLOMOV" BY IVAN GONCHAROV

HONORS 240 B: RUSSIA’S BIG BOOKS: "OBLOMOV" BY IVAN GONCHAROV (A&H)

SLN 23224 (View UW registration info »)

Galya Diment (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Office: A219 Padelford Hall, Box 354335
Phone: 206-543-6848
Email: galya@uw.edu

Credits: 5
Limit: 25 students

Honors Credit Type

Studies one big/epic novel by the titans of Russian literature per quarter. All readings are in English.

This quarter, the novel is “Oblomov” by Ivan Goncharov.

No other novel has been used to describe the “Russian mentality” or “Russian soul” as frequently as Ivan Goncharov’s Oblomov. It was the favorite novel of both Leo Tolstoy and Samuel Beckett, while Anton Chekhov claimed that Goncharov stood “10 heads above me in talent.” Find out for yourselves why this epic of laziness is so highly esteemed by so many.