Isaac Babel: A "Soviet Tolstoy"
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 4205
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Literature
  • Cultural Studies
“Isaac Babel writes in the same tone about the stars and gonorrhea,” Viktor Shklovsky once observed. This seminar explores the work of Odessan author Isaac Babel (1894-1940), the Jewish Russian master of the short story. The course will include close readings of his texts, with attention to his contexts and legacy beyond Russian letters. Students will also engage with an exhibit on Babel and the Odessa painter Yefim Ladyzhensky at the Center for Jewish History. Prerequisite: prior coursework in literature. This course fulfills the “single-text/author” requirement for Literary Studies majors at Eugene Lang College, and is recommended for students preparing for graduate study in Liberal Studies, Jewish Studies, or Comparative Literature..
Course Open to: Degree Students