In this seminar we will engage in close and repeated reading of Tolstoy's novel, paying attention to its treatment in criticism and to its refraction in later work by Chekhov and Nabokov. Students should expect to read Anna Karenina at least twice as well as scholarly articles and fiction by other authors (including Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark). Members of the seminar will lead at least one discussion and write three to four five to eight page papers. No exams. Active participation in discussion is essential. We will consider the adaptation of the novel to other media -- film and, if possible, ballet.
NOTE: This class is set in what is typically a graduate seminar format (3 hours, 1 day per week); please consider this as you plan enrollment. Senior standing preferred.