The Quest for Identity: Russian Literature and Culture, 1800-1855


Examines how Russian writers and artists distinguished imperial Russia's modern political, social, and cultural identity under “Western eyes.” Topics include search for “truly Russian” models, topics, and styles; domestic debate between “Westernizing” and “Slavophile” camps; emergence of women writers; relations between urban and provincial cultures; connections between national identity formation and empire building. Course texts may include fiction, memoirs, and drama by Pushkin, Durova, Gogol, Lermontov, and Pavlova; social commentary by Belinsky and Herzen; works of fine art and folk culture. One course.

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