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UCLA - RUSSN 25 - Class Notes - Week 1

School: University of California - Los Angeles
Department: Russian
Course: Great Russian Novel
Professor: Gail Lenhoff
Term: Winter 2018
Tags: Literature
Name: Notes on Pushkin Belkin Tales Intro to the course
Description: These are my notes for the first author that we read. Alexander Pushkin
Uploaded: 01/26/2018
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background image Russian 25 Notes: 1/8/18 Romanticism­ 1820’s: idealistic, looking beyond what we see. Genre: poetry. Writer is a 
prophet. 
Natural School­ 1830’s: Genre: prose… current events, graphic details  Realism­1840s­1880’s the illusion of objectivity, psychological portraits, philosophy & 
history.
HW for Wed. 
Belkin Tales: Intro, The Shot, The Snowstorm, The Undertaker Why does Pushkin attribute the tales to another person? Pay attention to the person telling the story. Epigraph­ quotes in the beginning of the story Objects, pictures on the wall, the way plot is constructed.  Write a paragraph summary for each story 3 clues Types of Stories:  Historical Tale­ follow a code of chivalry and act honorably. 
Supernatural­ fight the evil with supernatural powers
Adventure tale/ Travel Story
Society tale­ stories of illicit lovers. End unhappily. Talks about pride
Layout: Point of view  Plot­ what’s included what’s left out, order, symmetry and asymmetry Pushkin Action oriented prose Men are member of clubs & they rarely spend time at home Anecdotes­ stories that are told during those club meetings. Present familiar social
situations in surprising ways.
Metaliterary – comment on literature and importance of fiction. Pushkin through 
his stories tried to signify the importance of fiction, since at that time prose was 
not popular.
Distance the writer from the story Censorship­ when writing the writer had to be careful of politics and church. 
Freedom of speech was limited.
Introduction Belkin­ from a wealthy family 1
background image Appearance opposite of Pushkin Very impractical person Manipulating image of Belkin “The Shot” Notes Events took place in township of N. Society tale about nobleman. A lieutenant told the story to Belkin Soldier ILP Person telling the story appears to be one of the soldiers that was stationed there.  The narrator is very passionate about the social code  Silvio­ in the army, extremely generous (which is valued in the culture) 3 internal narrators  o Person who told the story­ gives ideas of what he expects from Silvio o Silvio­ romantic narrator. Does not entirely conform to the image of  Russian officer.  o Count – (Part II) handsome but unskilled.  Summary  The soldiers did not participate in any social life and all that they could see was 
each other. Except there was one men (Silvio) from the outside that hang out with 
them who appeared to be Russian. There was very little information available 
about him and no one dared to ask more questions. Soldiers just knew that his 
pursuit is pistol shooting. One night when they were playing at Silvio’s house a 
conflict occurred and he asked one of the soldiers to leave. All soldiers thought 
that Silvio would punish that soldier but he didn’t Days went by and the soldier 
was still alive. This forced the narrator to change his opinion about Silvio, as he 
was regarded as a person lacking courage. The narrator started to envy Silvio for 
his success in everything especially social life. Furthermore, there was a fight 
between them in the Polish Ball, where Silvio flirted with the girl that the narrator
liked. They had a duel where Silvio shot first (took the bullet through narrator’s 
cap). When it was narrator’s turn he was hesitating to shoot in the beginning. 
Silvio handed him a letter in which it said that he is getting married in Moscow. 
The duel ended they kissed & left. Years later the narrator went back to the 
township of N. He wrote about how it is boring there. However, there was a new 
guest coming to the town which was Countess of B. He was eager to meet her so 
he asked her to lunch. The husband said that he knew Silvio and he tried to kill 
him. 
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School: University of California - Los Angeles
Department: Russian
Course: Great Russian Novel
Professor: Gail Lenhoff
Term: Winter 2018
Tags: Literature
Name: Notes on Pushkin Belkin Tales Intro to the course
Description: These are my notes for the first author that we read. Alexander Pushkin
Uploaded: 01/26/2018
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