Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. 6-week course begins 11/9
Widely recognized as Russia’s greatest comic writer, Gogol offers a world view that is at once weird, grotesque, fantastic, idealistic, and painfully realistic. He was a genius who wanted to be a literary Raphael but whose natural bent was toward Hieronymus Bosch. We’ll read and discuss Dead Souls, The Inspector General, and selected tales from both his early Ukrainian and later Petersburg periods. Required reading: Nikolai Gogol, The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol (Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, translators) ISBN 978-0375706158; Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls (Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, translators) ISBN: 978-0679776444. George Young studied English literature at Duke and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale. He taught Russian literature and general humanities at Grinnell, Dartmouth, and the University of New England, and more recently has offered literature courses at OLLI and MSC.