Globalization of Russian culture as manifested in popular and academic cultural forms, including political ideologies, media and artistic texts, film, theater and television, markets, educational and legal institutions, historical and contemporary social movements.
Draws on film, fiction, songs, oral histories, and anthropological studies to explore the cultural expressions, lifestyles, ethical values, and sociopolitical concerns of postwar/Cold War generations of Soviet citizens. Highlighted topics: youth culture, the new consumerism, coping with the Stalinist legacy, politically dissident art and actions, the retreat into private life and nature, the rise of nationalisms. One course.
Introduces multiconfessional, multilingual, multicultural composition of Russian & Soviet empires with questions concerning minorities in an imperial context. Learn about construction, interaction, and manipulation of cultures and identities. Balance Tsarist & Soviet efforts to modernize and Russify minorities, such as Ashkenazi Jews, Poles, & Turkic Muslims, against negotiated transformation and cultural resilience of minorities.
Explores through fiction, film, autobiographies, and biographies the significance and influence of the actress (on stage and screen) from eighteenth century to present day. Highlighted topics: actress's self-image and perception of her art; relationship between her public profession and private life; how she reflects/sets contemporary standards for beauty and lifestyle; how she provokes public debate over women's “appropriate” sexual, familial, professional, and public roles; her function as symbol/role model for her gender, race, nation.
Post-World War II Soviet and United States identity and culture explored through the lens of dissident film art; the use of inter-textuality and contrasting media to critique culture; film and visual art studied in relation to other modern, post-modern, positivist modes of expressing and constructing knowledge. One course.
Readings from various sources, such as recently published diaries and literary works; film and other critical and historical material. The “era of the great terror” (1934-1939) seen through cultural production, its reception through everyday life narratives and contemporary ideology critique. Taught in English. One course.
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.
Popular novelists and film/television from 1900s-early twenty first century Russia. Theories of genre, anthropological approaches to defining cultural trends, mass cultural phenomena, and impact of globalization. Authors include Marinina, Dashkova, Dontsova, Kunin, Ustinova, and Serova. Readings and films in Russian. One course.
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.