Would you like to reflect upon the meaning of life as you read two
Russian masterpieces about self-interested men 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. If time permits, we may also read
two of Tolstoy’s shorter stories. At the end of each class, we will
view video clips about Tolstoy’s life, as well as scenes from the
film, The Last Station. 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.
Tracy Marks, M.A. has taught continuing ed courses for 39 years, and specializes in literature, poetry writing, personal growth, Photoshop and eBay courses.