Doctor Zhivago: A Poet in History (RES 221)

The Cossacks attack a peaceful demonstration from the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago.

Instructor: P. Scotto

Offered Spring 2018. Combining epic sweep with lyrical intensity, Doctor Zhivago is a great writer’s look back at a turbulent epoch in his country’s history.  Set in Russia’s revolutionary years, Boris Pasternak’s novel is a testament to the survival of life, love, art – and the possibility of freedom even under the most difficult conditions.  This course will situate a close reading of Pasternak’s novel within the various contexts (biographical, political, literary) relevant to understanding this major, but sometimes mysterious, work of Russian fiction.