Lenin lived, Lenin lives, Lenin will live Forever! So proclaimed the Soviet slogan, pointing out the mythological status of the Communist leader. This course, conducted in Russian, aims to demonstrate that the Lenin myth was so powerful that it survived the collapse of the state and ideology he created. We will explore the development of the myth and cult of Lenin by way of a variety of texts and media, from classical poems by Mayakovsky, to children’s stories, folklore, conceptualist art, and Soviet and post-Soviet film.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and participation in class discussions, three written essays, oral presentation, final creative project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: RUSS 202, or equivalent, or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: Russian majors
Distributions: Division I;