Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 8-week course
Using discussion techniques to analyze Tolstoy’s novel, we will explore his views on marriage, love, the destiny of Russia, and the meaning of life. This psychologically profound novel invites us to probe life’s big questions, contradictions, and complexities. How should we live, what should we live for, and to whom are we accountable for our choices? Three contrasting marriages set in 19th-century Russia parallel Tolstoy’s own spiritual search for answers to these questions and the moral dilemmas they evoke, making this novel timeless and thought-provoking. Required Reading – please note the translation and publisher information. It is important that all students use this particular edition: Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, translation by Rosamund Bartlett, Oxford University Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0198748847. Ann Kimmage looked to Tolstoy for answers to life’s moral dilemmas as a graduate student in Slavic Studies. At this later stage of life, do Tolstoy’s answers still work today?