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Russia's Art of Empire, 18th-21st Centuries
RUSS 207
Spring 2011 not offered
Crosslisting: REES 207, RULE 207

The course will consider how Russia's imperial ambitions and conquests are reflected and debated in Russian culture from the 18th-century odic tradition, through the 19th-century novel, to recent film. The focus will be on Russia's involvement with the Caucasus (including Chechnya), Iran (historically Persia), the Ottoman Empire, and Afghanistan. We will discuss recent interpretations, some that excoriate Russian culture for serving the imperialist project (Susan Layton, Ewa Thompson), and others that take a more nuanced attitude toward the place of the Russian artist vis--vis empire (Harsha Ram, Alexander Etkind).

Essential Capabilities: Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will learn how to interpret literary works and works of film. Historical readings will also be read critically. The course will require that the students acquire knowledge not only about Russian history and culture of the 18th-21st centuries, but also about the various non-Russian cultures on the peripheries of the Russian/Soviet empire.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RUSS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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