The Strange World of Nikolai Gogol (RES-235)

Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasil'Evich Gogol

Instructor: P. Scotto

“Gogol was a strange creature, but genius is always strange.” - Vladimir Nabokov

Nikolai Gogol was one of Russia’s greatest and most enigmatic writers. Revered by Dostoevsky, he created a literary universe that has lost none of its original power with the passage of time. This course will trace the development of Gogol’s genius from his early Ukrainian stories, through his tales of St. Petersburg, to his comic masterpiece, Dead Souls. Special attention to Gogol’s deployment of the comic, fantastic and grotesque to render the reality of tsarist Russia. Taught in English.