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Classics of Russian Literature

Explore Russian masterpieces at all levels—characters, plots, scenes, and sometimes even single sentences—with an award-winning Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages.

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36 Lectures

1
Image of Origins of Russian Literature
Origins of Russian Literature
0 of 31 min
2
Image of The Church and the Folk in Old Kiev
The Church and the Folk in Old Kiev
0 of 30 min
3
Image of Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, 1799–1837
Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin, 1799–1837
0 of 29 min
4
Image of Exile, Rustic Seclusion, and Onegin
Exile, Rustic Seclusion, and Onegin
0 of 29 min
5
Image of December’s Uprising and Two Poets Meet
December’s Uprising and Two Poets Meet
0 of 30 min
6
Image of A Poet Contrasts Talent versus Mediocrity
A Poet Contrasts Talent versus Mediocrity
0 of 29 min
7
Image of St. Petersburg Glorified and Death Embraced
St. Petersburg Glorified and Death Embraced
0 of 30 min
8
Image of Nikolai Vasil’evich Gogol’, 1809–1852
Nikolai Vasil’evich Gogol’, 1809–1852
0 of 30 min
9
Image of Russian Grotesque—Overcoats to Dead Souls
Russian Grotesque—Overcoats to Dead Souls
0 of 30 min
10
Image of Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, 1821–1881
Fedor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, 1821–1881
0 of 30 min
11
Image of Near Mortality, Prison, and an Underground
Near Mortality, Prison, and an Underground
0 of 30 min
12
Image of Second Wife and a Great Crime Novel Begins
Second Wife and a Great Crime Novel Begins
0 of 30 min
13
Image of Inside the Troubled Mind of a Criminal
Inside the Troubled Mind of a Criminal
0 of 30 min
14
Image of The Generation of the Karamazovs
The Generation of the Karamazovs
0 of 30 min
15
Image of The Novelistic Presence of Christ and Satan
The Novelistic Presence of Christ and Satan
0 of 30 min
16
Image of Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, 1828–1910
Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, 1828–1910
0 of 30 min
17
Image of Tale of Two Cities and a Country Home
Tale of Two Cities and a Country Home
0 of 30 min
18
Image of Family Life Meets Military Life
Family Life Meets Military Life
0 of 29 min
19
Image of Vengeance Is Mine, Saith the Lord
Vengeance Is Mine, Saith the Lord
0 of 30 min
20
Image of Family Life Makes a Comeback
Family Life Makes a Comeback
0 of 29 min
21
Image of Tolstoy the Preacher
Tolstoy the Preacher
0 of 30 min
22
Image of Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, 1818–1883
Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, 1818–1883
0 of 30 min
23
Image of The Stresses between Two Generations
The Stresses between Two Generations
0 of 30 min
24
Image of Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, 1860–1904
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, 1860–1904
0 of 29 min
25
Image of M. Gorky (Aleksei M. Peshkov), 1868–1936
M. Gorky (Aleksei M. Peshkov), 1868–1936
0 of 29 min
26
Image of Literature and Revolution
Literature and Revolution
0 of 30 min
27
Image of The Tribune—Vladimir Maiakovsky, 1893–1930
The Tribune—Vladimir Maiakovsky, 1893–1930
0 of 30 min
28
Image of The Revolution Makes a U-Turn
The Revolution Makes a U-Turn
0 of 30 min
29
Image of Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov, 1905–1984
Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov, 1905–1984
0 of 30 min
30
Image of Revolutions and Civil War
Revolutions and Civil War
0 of 30 min
31
Image of Mikhail Mikhailovich Zoshchenko, 1895–1958
Mikhail Mikhailovich Zoshchenko, 1895–1958
0 of 29 min
32
Image of Among the Godless—Religion and Family Life
Among the Godless—Religion and Family Life
0 of 30 min
33
Image of Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, 1890–1960
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, 1890–1960
0 of 30 min
34
Image of The Poet In and Beyond Society
The Poet In and Beyond Society
0 of 30 min
35
Image of Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn, Born 1918
Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn, Born 1918
0 of 30 min
36
Image of The Many Colors of Russian Literature
The Many Colors of Russian Literature
0 of 31 min

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March 8, 2019

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x********m
February 26, 2019
I would have loved at least one lecture on the fascinating subject of Soviet science fiction, although I suspect that this is not seen as 'real' literature. Nevertheless, a great introduction to many beloved Russian writers and novels.

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g********m
January 16, 2019

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