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English 384WO Russia and Europe INSTRUCTIONS: From the Anthology, The Art of the Story, find one story written by an author from at least SEVEN of the following countries: Russia, Hungary, Poland, Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany. In other words, you’ll read and discuss at least seven stories. As you read each story, be sure to note these themes: Family/gender roles; economic/political/historical concerns; urban or rural life-ways; art/culture/other interesting information. 1. Find a map of each of these countries. Tell me which country or body of water lies to its north, its east, its south, and its west. 2. In a well-written essay answer discuss how EACH story portrays each of the above five themes or concerns—in other words, what do you learn from the story about each of these areas in that particular country? Be sure to proofread your answers carefully for grammar, spelling punctuation, and use of quotations marks around direct quotations and around each story’s title. Be sure to quote directly from the story often and give the page number. Your discussion of EACH story should be at least 500 words; feel free to write longer, but not shorter! Russia North: Barents Sea/Kara Sea/East Siberian Sea/Laptev Sea/Artic Ocean and Svalbard/Arkhangelsk Oblast/Bolshevik Island/Antarctica South: Sea of Japan/ Indian Ocean and Kazakhstan/Mongolia/China/Japan/North and South Korea/Georgia/Azerbaijan East: Sea of Okhotsk/Bering Sea/East Siberian Sea/North Pacific Ocean and the US/Canada West: Barents Sea/Norwegian Sea/North Atlantic Ocean and Finland/Estonia/Belarus/Ukraine Story: “On the Golden Porch” by Tatyana Tolstaya Family/gender roles: Tatyana Tolstaya’s short story features a single female narrator as she recounts the passing of time for herself and her sister of close age as they move through the stages of late childhood into early adolescence in a small Russian town near Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). The sisters seem to come from a traditional family where Mother and Father are both present and seem to suffer no serious relationship issues that either sister notices, or chooses to mention. However, it does seem that Mother takes on a more leader-like role in the girls’ eyes; They don’t want her to know about the naked man seen at the lake lest they get themselves into trouble with her and in the conflict between Mother and Veronika Vikentievna the reader learns of the Mother’s responsibilities to the household, such as purchasing the family goods, but Tostaya’s real emphasis on Mother’s strength and importance to the family comes with the narrator’s description of her exaggerated potential to overcome the neighborhood’s obstacles keeping her out, saying “couldn’t Mother still climb over the fence in the dead of night, kill the dog, crawl over the glass, her stomach shredded by barbed wire and bleeding, and with weakening hands steal a runner from the rare variety of strawberries in order to
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  • Fall '13
  • Dr.Campbell
  • World History, Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, Sea/North Atlantic Ocean, Family/gender roles

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