This lectures explores the main themes of Russian literature and history as they were experienced in the 19th-century. Providing an analysis of works from major authors, such as Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov, the lecture will consider the unique contribution that Russian literature of this period has left as its legacy. The themes of gentry life, urbanisation, revolutionary utopia, and dystopia will also be examined as well as their lasting contribution to the new era ushered in by the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
Robert Wessling is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of the Humanities and Special Advisor to the President of HKUST. He holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UC Berkeley and previously worked as a specialist in Russian Studies for more than a decade at Stanford University. He has also lectured on Russian literature and history aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway as a study leader a for American Museum of Natural History Expeditions.