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LIT 198 — Anna Karenina

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Apr 3—May 15
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 16
Unit: 1
Tuition: $310
Instructor(s): Anne Hruska
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 3—May 15
7 weeks
Drop By
Apr 16
1 Unit
Anne Hruska
In a famous letter to his friend Nikolai Strakhov, written while he was still working on Anna Karenina, Tolstoy described his view of literary art as a “labyrinth of linkages,” a complex network of interconnections which, he believed, was impossible to express directly: “it can be done only indirectly, by using words to describe characters, acts, situations.”

Anna Karenina reflects, in the beauty of its artistic form, the labyrinth of linkages that Tolstoy described. It is also a gripping read, involving the romantic yearnings of a number of characters, including the unhappily married Anna; her sister-in-law Dolly, who tries to find a way to live with her husband’s infidelity; and the outsider Konstantin Levin, who longs for love but seems unable to find it. The characters search for happiness in their personal lives, and in the process they either grapple with or studiously avoid the crucial question of how we are to go about living in the only world we have.

Anne Hruska, English Instructor, Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Anne Hruska has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of Missouri, and was a fellow in the Introduction to the Humanities program at Stanford. Hruska’s research focuses on the intersection between the political and the emotional in the 19th-century novel. She has published numerous articles on 19th-century Russian literature. Her current focus is on the depiction of serfdom and emancipation in 19th-century Russian prose. She received a PhD in Slavic literature from UC Berkeley.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Leo Tolstoy, trans. Richard Pevear and Larisa Volokhonsky, Anna Karenina (ISBN 978-0143035008)