JSH300 Fall 2010

Alumni Hall 206

Wednesday 2-4

The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman, by Etienne Maurice Falconet, 1782

Professor Donna Tussing Orwin

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

415 Alumni Hall

Tel. 416-926-1300, ext. 316

Office hours Monday 12-2 

Professor Alison Smith

Department of History

Sidney Smith Hall, rm. 2055

Office hours Monday 2-4

History and literature were interconnected in nineteenth century Russia.  Literary figures not only sought to reflect the society around them, but were themselves often social critics and political figures.   In this course, we will read key works from the period both as literature and as primary sources for the historian. All texts will be in English.

Books to Purchase:


From Krishna Copy Shop at 180 Bloor St. W:  JSH300 ‘Narrative and History’ Reader (Professors D. Orwin and A. Smith)

From Bob Miller Book Room at 180 Bloor St. West: 

Alexander Pushkin. The Captain’s Daughter. Robert & Elizabeth Chandler, (Hesperus)

Nikolai Gogol. The Overcoat and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

Gogol. Taras Bulba. Tr. Peter Constantine (Modern Library)


Margot Northey, Margaret Procter, Writer’s Choice: A Portable Guide for Canadian Writers (Prentice-Hall)

Course Requirements:

1)    Two papers, c. 1000 words (20 percent each)

2)    Two in-class quizzes (10 percent each)

3)    Final Exam (30 percent)

4)    Attendance and Participation (10 percent)

Quizzes will last approximately 15 minutes, and are scheduled for October 6 and November 10.

Paper topics will be assigned by the instructors, and will be due on October 11 and November 22 via (see course policy on plagiarism and plagiarism detection, below).

The exam will consist primarily of a map identification exercise and short identifications.

Course Policies:

Films will be viewed at the Audio Visual Library on the 3rd floor of Robarts Library.  Those who cannot view the film at the assigned time will be expected to view it independently at the library or will rent a copy from a video store.

Late papers will be penalized 3 points for the first day, and 2 points for each subsequent day up to a total of 15 points subtracted from the grade.

No extensions will be granted after the due date for each paper.


September 15                                                              INTRODUCTION

September 22                                                              “The Overcoat,” Nikolai Gogol

September 29                                                              Boris Godunov, A. Pushkin

October 6 (First Quiz)                                                The Captain’s Daughter, Alexander Pushkin

October 11                                                                  FIRST PAPER DUE

October 13, 20                                                            Taras Bulba, Nikolai Gogol; and the 1962 American film based on the novel (to be viewed October 19

October 27, November 3                                            “The Prisoner of the Caucasus,” A. Pushkin; “The Prisoner of the Caucasus,” Leo Tolstoy; and the Soviet film of the same name (to be viewed November 2)

November 10(Second Quiz)                                       A Family Chronicle, Sergei Aksakov     

November 17                                                               “Lady MacBeth from Mtsensk,” Nikolai Leskov

November 22                                                              SECOND PAPER DUE                    

November 24, Dec. 1                                                  “Khor and Kalinich,” “Raspberry Water,” and “Death,” Ivan Turgenev; “In the Ravine,” Anton Chekhov                                                                                                        


The University of Toronto is committed to accessibility. If you require accommodations for a disability, or have any accessibility concerns about the course, the classroom or course materials, please contact Accessibility Services as soon as possible:  or


Make sure you are familiar with the rules regarding plagiarism and how to avoid it. You will find useful advice on this and many other aspects of written assignments on the university writing centre’s web site:

See in particular the links to “How Not to Plagiarize”:

and “Standard Documentation Formats”:

Hard copies of these and other documents from the writing centre can be found in the university and college libraries.

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. The terms that apply to the University’s use of the service are described on the web site.