University of Notre Dame

Star-Crossed Lovers: Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Russian Literature

Course Number: RU 18186-1
Instructor: Thomas Marullo

“Star-Crossed Lovers: Sex, Courtship, and Marriage in Russian Literature” focuses on the ties between the most famous couples in Russian literature from medieval to modern times.

Topics to considered are: the nature of relationships between men and women; the influences of age, experience, maturity, and social position on physical and spiritual attachments; the impact of male, female, parental, societal, religious, and economic understandings and expectations; the presence of challenges, opportunities, and obstacles, to meaningful and sustaining ties; and the reasons for triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures in unions between the sexes.

“Star-Crossed Lovers” will also include a strong visual component: selections from plays, operas, and movies of the works in the course.

The seminar is designed to sharpen students’ aesthetic and analytical capabilities, improve their reading comprehension, and strengthen their written and oral skills.