Popular Culture in Russia|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course is an interdisciplinary survey of Russian popular culture and the changes PERESTROIKA and GLASNOST brought to it. It will focus on what is new about the Russian cultural scene now, attempt to find the roots of change in the past, understand what is different and what has stayed the same. Major topics will include youth culture (rock music, parties, and groups), popular media (TV, newspapers, and film), the arts (theater, art literature). Through literary and historical texts, works of visual art, film, and lectures by visiting experts, students will be introduced to the social and cultural climate from which perestroika emerged that continues to influence changes in Russian life.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
J. Billington, "The Icon and the Axe"
I. Berlin, "Russian Thinkers"
W. Bruce Lincoln "Between Heaven and Hell"
MacKenzie and Curran "History of Russia, Soviet Union and Beyond"
A.Meier "Black Earth"
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers. One oral presentation, final paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
No prior knowledge of Russian language or history required. Conducted in English.
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