For a longer syllabus, see "Files." Please be mindful that there are different sections (Russ, Engl, Honors, CompLit) but it is all the same course and it also offers an optional "W" credit.
AUTUMN 2021: WAR AND PEACE
INSTRUCTOR: PROFESSOR GALYA DIMENT
There is no “bigger” book than Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which we will be reading and analyzing in the Autumn Quarter of 2021. We will explore the historical times during which it was written as well as the Napoleonic Wars within which Tolstoy places his novel. The course will also examine the cultural and social milieu that produced the novel and examine critical literature that focuses on it. Optional “W.”
REQUIRED READINGS (ALL AT UW BOOKSTORE):
LEO TOLSTOY, WAR AND PEACE (NORTON CRITICAL EDITION)
ORLANDO FIGES, NATASHA’S DANCE: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF RUSSIA
GREGORY FREEZE, RUSSIA: A HISTORY
DOMINIC LIEVEN, RUSSIA AGAINST NAPOLEON: THE TRUE STORY OF THE
CAMPAIGNS OF WAR AND PEACE
RICK MCPEAK & DONNA TUSSING ORWIN, TOLSTOY ON WAR: NARRATIVE
ART AND HISTORICAL TRUTH IN "WAR AND PEACE"
DONNA TUSSING ORWIN, THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO TOLSTOY