Modern Languages Institute

Modern Languages Institute

ENGLISH / RUSSIAN 391: Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky in English

ENGL/RUSS 391 will be offered on the UFV Abbotsford Campus in Fall 2019 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:40 am - 12:30 pm.

This course will focus on the major works, translated into English, of the two greatest writers and thinkers of nineteenth-century Russia: Lev N. Tolstoy and Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky. Students will read two major works of each author and several short pieces. 

Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky were two of the most important artists and thinkers of nineteenth-century Russia whose ideas have influenced the development of modern thought around the world. Tolstoy's main concepts focus on history and human nature, humanity at war and at peace, women's roles in society, and other questions which still fascinate us in 2019. Dostoyevsky studies humanity using a psychological approach and concentrates on the existence of God and the spectre of evil which seems to permeate human existence. 

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