Russia's Art of Empire, 18th-21st Centuries|
Spring 2011 not offered
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-à-vis empire (Harsha Ram, Alexander Etkind).
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Byron, THE GIAOUR
Aleksandr Pushkin, "Captive of the Caucasus," "Journey to Arzrum During the Campaign of 1829"
Mikhail Lermontov, Poems; HERO OF OUR TIME
Lev Tolstoy, "The Raid", "Sevastopol Stories", "Captive of the Caucasus" and "Hadji Murat"
Fyodor Dostoevsky, excerpts from DIARY OF A WRITER
Viktor Shklovsky, SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: MEMOIRS, 1917-1922
Vladimir Trubetskoi, Letters from Uzbekistan
Andrei Platonov, SOUL [DZHAN]
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, excerpts from GULAG ARCHIPELAGO
Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, IMMORTAL LOVE
Vladimir Rybakov, AFGHANS: A NOVELLA OF SOVIET SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN
Anna Politkovskaya, excerpts from A DIRTY WAR, A SMALL CORNER OF HELL
Excerpts from historical works by Edward Said, Harsha Ram, Laurence Kelly, Susan Layton, Ewa M. Thompson, Alexander Etkind, and Douglas Northrop
CAPTIVE OF THE CAUCASUS (1996), dir. Sergei Bodrov
MY STEPBROTHER FRANKENSTEIN (2004), dir. Valerii Todorovskii
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three papers; frequent short ungraded papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance and participation are required.
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