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C LIT 252 B: Introduction to Comparative Literature: Genres

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
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Joint Sections: 
HONORS 241 A, ENGL 242 A, CHID 270 D, RUSS 120 A
Galya Diment

Syllabus Description:

From czars to comrades and to new Russians, from Alexander Pushkin and Fyodor Dostoevsky to Boris Akunin and Andrey Kurkov, the course will cover more than two centuries of Russian crime writing. Other featured writers include Anton Chekhov and Vladimir Nabokov. It’s all about who is good, who is evil, who is up, who is down, and, of course, who dunnit. All readings, lectures, and discussions are in English. Optional “W.” Synchronous.


BOOKS: All Required:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (Norton edition only!)

Polina Dashkova, Madness Treads Lightly

Stuart Kaminsky, Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express

Vladimir Nabokov, Despair

Boris Akunin, Winter Queen 

Andrey Kurkov, Death and the Penguin


For a more detailed syllabus with the link please see the Files ("Russian Crime. 2021"). Also please be aware that this course has 5 different sections: Russian, English, Honors, CLit, CHID, but it is all the same course, so do not be confused if this information and the syllabus appear under a designation (like CLit, etc) which is not the course you are enrolled in. Please contact me at if you are still confused or have any other questions.


Catalog Description: 
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
December 8, 2020 - 9:15pm