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Nikolai Gogol 1809 - 1852. Life Born March 31, 1809 Ukraine Descendent of Ukrainian Cossacks “petty gentry” Wrote in Ukrainian and Russian Father was.

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1 Nikolai Gogol

2 Life Born March 31, 1809 Ukraine Descendent of Ukrainian Cossacks “petty gentry” Wrote in Ukrainian and Russian Father was amateur playwright Not popular at school. Classmates called him their “mysterious dwarf”

3 Attempt at Poetry Hans Küchelgarten

4 Works Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka ( ) The Nose (1835) The Overcoat (1835) The Inspector General (1836)

5 Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka 2:30

6 Gogol in Politics Dead Souls (1842) First ‘modern’ Russian novel Satire on serfdom Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends (1847) Expresses Gogol’s high regard for the autocratic tsarist regime and patriarchal Russian way of life

7 Style Impressionist vision of reality and people People are caricatures Layers of descriptive detail to help add to unconnected chaos of things Analyzes moral and religious dilemmas Undermined Russian Romanticism by using vulgarity Interweave pathos and mockery

8 Influences Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quiote) Alexander Pushkin Fierce nationalistic pride Admiration of simple Cossack life - Past vs Present Golden Age vs Iron Age (Nicholas I)

9 Influenced Dostoyevsky Tolstoy

10 Crime and Punishment Pg 2 “The insufferable stench from the pot-houses… and the drunken men whom he met continually, although it was a working day, completed the revolting misery.” Pg 61 “[The horse] lurched forward and tugged forward with all her force, tugged first on one side and then on the other, trying to move the cart.” Pg 61 “[Raskolnikov] put his arms round her bleeding dead head and kissed it.” Pg 154 “I am not ill,” cried Raskolnikov. “So much the worse…” “Go to hell!”


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