Russian Laughter: The Short Story

9:30-11:30 a.m. 6-week course begins 3/11 

The short story encapsulates Russian reality and gives the reader laughable moments to cope with the social-political distemper of Russian 19th century society. Comedy, combined with exaggerated realism, stretched the ludicrous, but made it believable. The dark and horrible became laughable and therefore bearable. Even the complex and philosophical Fyodor Dostoevsky “laugh(ed) through tears.” Required Books: Robert Chandler ed., Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida, ISBN 978-0140448467 and Mikhail Zoshchenko, Nervous People and Other Stories, ISBN 978-0253201926.

Jane Knox holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas and taught Russian for many years at Bowdoin College. She has a special interest in Russian and especially Central Asian cinema. MSC.          

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