Law, Culture, and the Russian Legal Tradition

The development of the Russian legal tradition, with particular emphasis on the historical, ethical and cultural factors that have contributed to its emergence, comparing the Russian tradition with the Western legal tradition. How law, lawyers, and legal institutions have been portrayed and perceived in Russian popular culture, especially Russian literature, including the relationship between secular legal institutions and the Russian Orthodox Church. Taught in English. One course.

Eastern Europe in Transition: Markets, Media, and the Mafia

The progress of political, economic, and social transformations in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Topics include: The Historical Context for Reform in Eastern Europe, Economic Reform and its Effects, Market Evolution, Eastern European Societies in Transition: Education and Culture, Eastern European Societies in Transition: Corruption and the Mafia in Everyday Life, Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe, Establishing Law-Based States in Eastern Europe. One course.

Beat Generation/Russian New Wave: Cultural Dissent in the Cold War

Exploration of identity formation and cultural dissent in US and Soviet Union during Cold War through lens of Beat Generation and New Wave literature and film; explores cultural dissent in relation to both a given culture context but also considers how such dissent is read and appropriated in comparative contexts; introduces students to key figures/features of respective movements, placing these in historical context; figures include: Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Snyder, R. Frank, Aksyonov, Bitov, Akhmadulina, Voznesensky, Visotsky, Tarkovsky and Yevtushenko. One course.

Bunin: Mystery of the Russian Soul and Metaphysical Memory

Prose works of Ivan Bunin; emphasis on elements of tragedy, metaphysical representations, phenomenological novel and modernism, synthesis of verbal and visual art forms. Works include The Life of Arsenyer, Village, Sun Stroke, Light Breathing, Grammar of Love, Transformations, Pure Monday, and autobiographical and critical writings. Taught in Russian. Primary readings in Russian; secondary readings in Russian and English. One course.


Drama and prose works. Taught in English. Not open to students who have taken THEATRST 157S/RUSSIAN 174S (Chekhov). One course.

Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

Selected representative short works and most of the major novels of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky. The great issues and their vivid dramatization will be considered in the light of the author's irreconcilable approaches to the human condition, culture, artistic goals, and narrative technique. Not open to students who have taken this course as 89S or have taken RUSSIAN 175 or 323. One course.