Professor: Dr. Vera Zubarev
Course: 432-920 FATE/CHANCE IN LITERATURE & FILM
SEM: Tuesday/Thursday 6-9PM
Bldg/Room: WILL 320
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FATE AND CHANCE
Be a winner – manage all your situations and don’t let a pure chance to govern your life! With a chain of literary characters as a vivid illustration, you will explore a mysterious world of fate and chance and learn about various interpretations of the forces ruling human life. Slavic and Greek mythology, as well as folklore and modern literary works of Russian and Western writers and cinematographers will assist you in your journey to the world of supernatural. Screenings will include Magnolia, Zeffirelli’s and Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet, and much more! Don’t miss this chance to win your fate!
WEEK I Introduction
Screening and discussing episodes from Magnolia
FATE AND FREE WILL: Do gods know the future? God in the process philosophy, Greek and Slavic gods; Read Genesis. Screening and discussing About Angels.
FATE AND FREE WILL: Read Oedipus the King.
FATE AND VALUES: Screening/discussing episodes from Count of Monte-Cristo (2002),
STRATEGIC THINKING V. FATE & CHANCE, Fate, chance and the magic in Russian folklore
Screening and discussing The Hedgehog in the Fog & Father Frost
FATE AND CHANCE: Read Romeo and Juliet & A Midsummer Night’s Dream;
Screening and discussing Zeffirelli’s & Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet.
FATE AND CHANCE IN TOTALITARIAN REGIMES:
Read One Day in the Life Of Ivan Denisovich – the lack or a predisposition?
Screening and discussing Burnt by the Sun.
MYSTICAL FORCES VERSUS DECISION-MAKING: Read/analyzing The Queen of Spades by Pushkin.
Screening and discussing Thirteen Conversation about One Thing.
HOW TO WIN A CHANCE? Read/Discuss Gambler by Dostoevsky.
Students’ discussions of their favorite movies/works on fate, chance, and predisposition.