War and Peace

The practice and technology of war is a profound force of history, while literature in the Russian context is very concerned with social and political questions. The two lecture courses in this FIG offer disciplinary introductions to literature and history and ask basic questions about social, political, and technological change. They converge in an exploration of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia and its profound effects.

FIG Faculty: Katya Hokanson

Katya Hokanson is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of Oregon, and received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures ta Stanford University and her A. B. in Russian from Williams College. She greatly enjoys introducing students to the awesomeness that is Russian literature and, through the College Connections class, helping them adjust to college life and college academics. Her academic work focuses primarily on nineteenth century Russian literature, a subject on which she has published a book, Writing at Russia's Border (University of Toronto Press), and quite a few articles. She is currently writing a second book on Russian women writer-travelers in Central Asia and the Russian Far East. She has served as head of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Oregon. She and her family very much enjoy living in Oregon and also traveling to new places.

FIG Assistant: Isabella Medina

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions at all. My preferred email is imedina4@uoregon.edu

Summer Assignment

The summer assignment for the War and Peace FIG will be to read an article and a short story:

1. The NPR article "Vladimir Putin is Right Out of a Russian Novel": Vladimir Putin is Right Out of a Russian Novel

2. The short story "Two Generals and a Peasant": Two Generals and a Peasant

Week of Welcome FIG Meeting

The first meeting for the FIG is Friday, September 22nd at 11:00 am in Columbia 150. Please arrive on time as we will be relocating shortly after.