ONLINE CLASS: Tolstoy's War and Peace (2256)

Six Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12 from 1 to 3 pm

$170.00 per person (10% off for members)

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Lecture and Discussion:

Tolstoy's classic will be revisited and reassessed in this six-session course, which will dovetail with a discussion of Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate later this summer.

The pandemic has made us eager to possess, to salvage something from ever-streaming time.  Can books, specifically literary books, offer something we can take away and call our own?  

In War and Peace Napoleon’s armies have stretched over Europe and into Russia, upending nations and radically altering people’s ideas of what matters.  Tolstoy tells of the lives of a collection of Russian people belonging to the privileged classes, how they experience the ordinary phases of life and cope with the stresses of war and death, as he argues with historians and with himself about the forces that determine history.  This class will discuss sections and characters of the novel to see what we can make of Tolstoy’s project and what we may keep from a novel for ourselves.  

It is recommended that people who sign up for the class read, and bring to class, the Penguin edition of War and Peace, ISBN 9780143039990, and that they read the book, if at all possible, before the first meeting.

Six Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12 from 1 to 3 pm


Required Text:

War & Peace, Leo Tolstoy 9780143039990 (Penguin edition, Briggs trans.)

Melanie (Penny) Du Bois did her undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard, has lived in Europe, and taught literature at universities there and here. She has directed a reading group in Washington since 1989. She has taught classes at Politics and Prose on Coetzee, Virgil, Pinter, Proust and other writers.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

War and Peace: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Leo Tolstoy, Anthony Briggs (Translated by), Orlando Figes (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143039990
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Classics - November 28th, 2006