CCI

Russian Language and Culture through Film

Study of Russian cultural paradigms and constructs of self and other as demonstrated in Russia and Soviet films, primarily from 1960s to the present. Special attention given to the analysis of linguistic constructs and their cultural semantic content as well as comparative analyses of Soviet and Russian culture and Russian and European/American culture. Film and computer technology, as well as access to these technologies and their implementation, are a central part of the cultural context. 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.

Islam in Central Eurasia

History of Central Eurasian Muslims. Focus on diversity and cultural vivacity. Examines early appearance of Islam in the region, the evolution of Muslim religious and cultural institutions under governance of Chingissid, Timurid, Russian and Chinese empires, the encounter of Central Eurasian Muslims with European modernity and their experience during Soviet and Chinese socialist experiments. One course.

Gender and Language

Theoretical approaches to the question of the interrelationship of gender and language including neurobiology, psychology, semiotics, feminist critical theory, philosophy of language, discourse analysis, and linguistic theory. Taught in English. Instructor: Andrews. One course.

Imperial Russia 1700-1917

Russian imperial history from Peter the Great to Bolshevik Revolution: 1700-1917. Focus on formation and governance of multiethnic and multiconfessional Russian empire. Traces expansion of land-locked city state (Muscovy) into world power ruling from Eastern Europe to Alaska. Questions implications of Russia’s world-power status. Examines institutions of governance that created this empire and held its various ethnic, religious and ideological groups together for centuries.

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