ALP

Imagining the Slumbering Lands: Siberia and Central Asia Through Native and Russian Eyes

Comparative survey of Siberian and Central Asian culture through Russian and native literatures (fiction, travel writing, oral literature, biography, religious texts). The region's history and religions – Shamanism, Buddhism, and Islam – and Russian encounters with region circa 1850-1990. Issues of identity and culture. One course.

Russian Language and Culture through Music

Study of Russian cultural paradigms and constructs of self and other as demonstrated in Russian and Soviet folk, popular, and classical music (texts and performance), primarily twentieth century to the present. Special attention given to the analysis of cultural, linguistic, and semantic constructs as well as comparative analyses of Soviet and Russian culture and Russian and European/American culture. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 301S or equivalent or consent of instructor. One course.

Painting Russia Red: Early Soviet Culture, 1917-1934

Through film, drama, fiction, memoir, and eyewitness accounts examines how citizens lived and artists responded to the bold, often traumatic experimentation of the early Soviet state. Topics include the impact of the Bolshevik and Stalinist revolutions on the public and private spheres, individual identity, and cultural production; the fashioning and refashioning of gender roles; the cultivation of modern urban life; and the consequences of the Soviet campaign to master nature. One course.

Russian Language and Culture through Theatre

Study of Russian cultural paradigms and constructs of self and other as demonstrated in Russian and Soviet theatre (texts and performance), primarily from the 1920s to the present. Special attention given to the analysis of cultural, linguistic, and semantic constructs as well as comparative analyses of Soviet and Russian culture and Russian and European/American culture. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 301S or equivalent or consent of instructor. One course.

Dimensions of Memory: Russian Fiction and Film

This course is for Focus students only. Russia's turbulent history and role of memory in society recounted through its literature and film, including terrific recent film. Short works by Russia's most famous authors (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov) as well as the writings of lesser-known, important writers; comparison of written works with films made of the stories. Exploration of the main trends of Russian culture through its literature and film; focus on differences between film and written narrative and on visual art in recent film. Taught in English. One course.

Russian Fiction and Film

Russia's turbulent history recounted through its literature and film. Short works by Russia's most famous authors (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov) as well as the writings of lesser-known, but equally important writers (Teffi, Vladimov); comparison of these written works with films made of the stories. Exploration of the main trends of Russian culture through its literature and film; focus on the differences between film and written narratives. One course.

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