The Russian Soul: Short Stories of Russian Authors

Have you ever been frustrated with how Anglo- / American-centered many English classes are in school? Are you curious about the intersection of culture, history, and literature? Come explore the world of Russian writers and thinkers (in translation!) while developing your reading, writing, and analytical skills.

Locations: Los Gatos

Cost: $130/hr.

Recommended hours: 8-10


  • Gain a new appreciation of the relevancy of literature and history
  • Build upon reading comprehension, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Develop a strong grasp of writing skills through 1-on-1 feedback and coaching

To Enroll Call (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

This course will introduce students to the short fiction (in English translation) of some of Russia’s greatest writers, including Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Turgenev. Along the way, we’ll weave in history and culture and explore the ways in which these have influenced Russian ideology and literature. In addition to reading, analyzing, and discussing a variety of short stories, students will hone their writing skills with lessons and short assignments designed to help strengthen their grasp of key aspects of academic writing (including thesis statements, effective use of evidence, and analysis). They will then have the opportunity to pull together all they have learned in a culminating essay on a topic of their choosing, using resources and texts from the course.

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