The Empire's Western Front: Russian and Polish Cultures


Exploration through literature and film of the relationship between Russian and Polish cultures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when imperial Russia/Soviet Union figured as Poland's problematic “east,” and subject state of Poland figured as Russia's problematic “west.” Nineteenth century anti-tsarist uprisings, 1920 Soviet-Polish campaign, Poland's postwar Sovietization, rise of Solidarity, construction of their respective national identity vis-a-vis and other imagined as foe or friend in fiction, drama, film, memoirs. Includes works by Pushkin and Dostoevsky; films by Andrzej Wajda. One course.

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