Course Details

Course offered Autumn 2022

HONORS 240 A: Big Books: Anna Karenina

HONORS 240 A: Big Books: Anna Karenina (A&H, W)

SLN 16384 (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: 15 students

Honors Credit Type

10 seats reserved for incoming freshmen

Honors students will be expected to engage more throughly (3-4 pages) on exam essay prompts.

ONE OF THE GREATEST “ROMANCES” EVER WRITTEN, ANNA KARENINA IS JUDGED BY MANY TO BE AN UNPRECEDENTED MASTERPIECE OF NOT ONLY RUSSIAN BUT WORLD LITERATURE. WE WILL EXPLORE THE HISTORICAL TIMES DURING WHICH IT APPEARED AND READ TOLSTOY’S WIFE’S DIARY AND, AMONG OTHER CRITICISM, VLADIMIR NABOKOV’S DELIGHTFUL TAKE ON THE NOVEL. THE COURSE WILL ALSO EXAMINE THE NOVEL’S MORAL AND IDEOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT FAMILY, MARRIAGE, RELATIONSHIPS, WOMEN’S ROLE, AND HOW THESE REFLECTED THE AUTHOR’S VIEWS AS WELL AS THE CULTURE AND SOCIETY AROUND HIM.

 

Requirements:

There will be one take-home midterm and one take-home final. Honors students should expect their exams to be 3-4 pages longer than those in other undergraduate sections.