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SLAV 117H
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Mar 28, 2016
Russian Background
- Poor villages, but owned by rich wealthy estate
- Lived in closed settlements
- Romanoff Dynasty ruled until Russian Revolution (1910)
- Peter the Great created St. Petersburg, Russia because he wanted a naval base close
to the sea
- “Brought the rest of Europe to Russia”
- Next ruler: Katherine the Great
- From Germany, had no Russian speaking skills
- Really felt a gap and need for Russian literature because there was none at that
time and before in history
- Pushed for academies, schools, authors, etc.
- All nobility talked in French but she wanted to have the Russian language come
back
- Most of the authors were of nobility, they were the only ones who were literate
Apr 4, 2016
- “Childhood”
- Published in 1852
- Tolstoy hated his early writing
- Received great public praise
- Summary of “Childhood”
- Setting: estate of a rich family
- Nobility always had an estate, necessary
- Happened during time of serfdom
- Male children sent off to boarding school after completing private education on
the estate
- Applies to Moscow, Russia (in this story)
- Simpleton comes and gets fed by the rich family (the ones that own the estate)
- How do we know that Tolstoy didn’t actually write this as a child?
- Tolstoy describes lots of philosophical issues (mother’s look of eternal sadness,
knowing whether father is reading or not)
- Breakthrough in Russian literature
- First author to write about childhood on an estate
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Apr 6, 2016
War and Peace
- Untranslated Russian words in “Childhood”
- Samovar: device placed under teapot in order to make hot tea
- Brichka: a round trip going back and forth
- Creates gender issues centered around Moschka
- Learn about different kinds of human beings by portraying soldiers or officers in the
Crimean War
Apr 18, 2016
- Pierre: always looking for the answer
- Knows something is wrong, but never knows what it is
- Major theme! “Good is evil, how to do good and how not to do evil”
- Shows this through character motions and personalities
- Sonya and Natasha: look into mirror for fortune telling
- Sonya lies and says that she sees “him
- Andre (potentially her husband) and Nicolai
- Pierre categorized as “bloom and red”, also seen in Sonya’s “fortune telling”
- Andre, personality
- Old, unhappy
- Doesn’t ever appreciate his surroundings
- Music contemplation in males, but females seem simple-minded
- Tolstoy uses a gendered writing style
- Common during his time
MIDTERM INFORMATION
- Big theme essay (will be able to choose from a few
- Must use scenes and characters to support point
- Small essays, short passages
- Answers from book
- AKA why is this passage important?
- Stylistic, thematic, character points
- Mainly on War & Peace, short stories not mandatory
- Not tested on “Epilogue”
- NOT AN OPEN BOOK TEST
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