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CS92PROD
When the Empire Strikes Back: (Post) Colonial Theory and Fiction
REES 265
Spring 2025
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 165, RULE 265, RUSS 265, WLIT 268

Throughout its history, the rulers of Russia--the tsarist Russian Empire, the USSR, and now the Russian Federation--have been focused on the expansion of Russia's territory via the conquest, subjugation, and/or assimilation of neighboring peoples. Russia's colonial condition, expressed in fiction, film, and other media, will be the focus of this course. We will discuss global postcolonial theory (Chinua Achebe, Edward Said, Gayatri Spivak) and critical works with a focus on Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (Ewa Thompson, Vitaly Chernetsky, Alexander Etkind), in order to see how Russia's colonial being can be compared to other empires. We will discuss such topics as The Empire and the Other, Culture and Imperialism, Language Politics, and strategies of resistance to imperial hegemony. Via specific cases in literature and art, we will see how Russian culture processes the colonization of Alaska, Siberia, and the Caucasus. We will pay special attention to the discourses of Chukchi, Tartar, Chechen, Khanty, and Ukrainian authors who write back to the Empire. The readings will include the writings of J.M. Coetzee, Joseph Conrad, Mikhail Lermontov, Yuri Rytkheu, Guzel Yakhina, Yeremey Aipin, and Viktor Astafiev.


The course is taught in English. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA REES
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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