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.
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. Research paper of publishable quality required.
Dissident art, graphic design, fine arts and architecture in context of Cold War and decline of totalitarianism. Themes include Soviet artists and the west, and representation of women in times of flux. Open to juniors and seniors and graduate students who must follow a more comprehensive reading program and complete upper level assignments. One course.
Continuation of RUSSIAN 551. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 401 and 402, or consent of instructor. Variable credit.
Refinement of stylistic control and range in spoken and written Russian through intensive textual analysis, including literary (prose and poetry) texts, popular and scholarly journals, and film. Emphasis on fluent discursive skills, as well as development of expository prose style and rhetorical strategies. Taught in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 401 and 402, or consent of instructor. One course.