Barbara J Henry
One specific problem or theme in Russian poetry, seen in its widest possible dimensions. Students read, in Russian, the literary works involved and become familiar with the social, historical, and philosophical backgrounds that inspire them.
Drama and theatre in Russia from the late 17th through the 20th centuries: the first Russian play, adaptations to Russian tastes, vaudeville, the rise of Realism, challenges of Symbolism and Modernism, cabaret, Stanislavsky’s “System," the sclerosis of Socialist Realism, and underground alternatives to it. Also considers the nature of mimesis and illusion, acting and representation. All classes and discussion are in English; translations of texts available for non-Russian speakers.
Student learning goals
Knowledge of the Russian repertoire, its cultural and critical contexts, interaction with Western models.
General method of instruction
Slavic department graduate students must read all texts in Russian; English translations are available for students from other disciplines.
Class assignments and grading
One play and critical materials to be covered per class meeting.
Students must contribute to discussion, produce a research paper of appropriate length at the conclusion of class.