Would you like to reflect upon the meaning of life as you read two Russian masterpieces about self-interested persons transformed by their confrontation with mortality? In this course, we will read and discuss two Tolstoy novellas, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and The Master and Man, and the issues they raise. Optionally, we may also read Tolstoy’s Family Happiness and watch online video clips related to these novellas. Although early translations of these works are online, the instructor recommends purchasing the book The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky. No reading is required before the first meeting, but please have the Ivan Ilyich novella available during class.
Tracy Marks, M.A. has taught continuing ed courses for 39 years, and specializes in literature, poetry writing, personal growth, Photoshop and eBay courses.