Y'all. I am going to have to tutor a Russian Lit class this fall. Have I read much Russian lit? Glad you asked! I HAVE NOT. But my department is being all, "Oh, but you're the best and the only one we would ask!" My ego has a hard time resisting that kind of thing. But... RUSSIAN?!
My background is in Medieval and Renaissance British literature. Over the course of my career in this one particular department, I've had to tutor German Lit (which is pretty fucking cool, actually, when you start with the Nibelunglied) and Japanese Lit (which I think I'm terrible at, but I manage to get the kids through it, miraculously, each term). I've been doing both for a while, so I'm used to it. Russian, though?! GAH.
Any advice? Sympathy tears? Copies of Dostoevsky you want to mail me?