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Barbara J Henry
RUSS 542
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Russian Poetry

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.

Class description

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

Group discussion.

Recommended preparation

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.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Barbara J Henry
Date: 02/21/2014