RUSS 204 Spring 2015 From Revolution to Perestroika

Cross Listed as COMP204
Whether despite or precisely because of the enormous historical and political turbulence in twentieth-century Russia, the intensity of its cultural life was equally unprecedented. Over the past century, Russian literature went through a number of major stages that defined its poetics and ideology: the Silver Age and its decline; the Revolution, the Civil War and the rise of Socialist Realism; the Second World War; the Thaw and de-Stalinization; another wave of tightening of the regime during the stagnation period; the dissident movement and the Cold War; and finally, the dissolution of the Soviet empire and the rise of Russian post-modern and post-Soviet aesthetics. As we discuss these and other topics of twentieth-century Russian culture, we will explore a broad array of genres, including poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, the novel, theater, and film. Our readings will include works by Block, Babel, Bulgakov, Olesha, Zamyatin, Ahmatova, Shalamov, Erofeev, Petrushevskaya, Pelevin, and other representative authors. All readings and discussions will be in English.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: participation (25%); blog posts (20%); midterm (15); term paper (20%); final exam (20%)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Russian majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: INST Russian + Eurasian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3178
RUSS 204 - 01 (S) SEM 20-Century Russian Literature Division 1: Languages and the Arts Yuliya V. Ladygina
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 158 3178
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