Living, Dying, Healing in Russia


Explores ways historical, cultural, political forces shape major moments of the life course and the stories told to make sense of them. Team taught by a professor of literature and a professor of anthropology, focus is on family life, sexuality, childbearing and its prevention; biomedical health care and alternative healing; survival in gulag (concentration camp) conditions; care for the dead and dying and their families. By examining compelling works from a range of genres—short story, ethnographic case study, memoir, and novel—students will learn analytical techniques from both fields, and hone interpretive and writing skills. Knowledge of Russian is not required.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • CULANTH 481
  • GLHLTH 481
Typically Offered