Explores Russian literature and culture during the twentieth century before perestroika, a period of "revolutions" and unprecedented change in political, cultural, and economic life. Authors include Babel, Bulgakov, Il'f and Petrov, and Nabokov. Periods include symbolism, revolution, Soviet, Stalinist, the "thaw", and post-Soviet. Offered: Sp.
The highlights of 20th century literature, film, art, and culture.
ALL READINGS AND DISCUSSIONS ARE IN ENGLISH!! NO KNOWLEDGE OF RUSSIAN REQUIRED!!!
Babel, Isaac, Collected Stories (Penguin) Brown, Clarence, The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader (Penguin) Bulgakov, Mikhail, Master and Margarita (Vintage) Ilf, Ilya, and Petrov, Evgeny, The Twelve Chairs (Northwestern) Nabokov, Vladimir, Mary (Vintage) Zamyatin, Evgeny, We (Modern Library)
WEEK ONE: INTRODUCTION. Late Tolstoy and Chekhov. Bunin and Gorky. Early Russian Film (1910-17) WEEK TWO: Babel and Olesha. Soviet Constructivists. WEEK THREE: Zamyatin. Zoshchenko. Early Soviet Film WEEK FOUR: IN EMIGRATION: Nabokov. Ballets Russes WEEK FIVE: Nabokov, Teffi, and Platonov.
WEEK SIX: Ilf and Petrov. “Soviet Hollywood" WEEK SEVEN AND EIGHT: Bulgakov. Shostakovich and Prokofiev. WEEK NINE: STALIN PERIOD. VICTIMS AND HEROES: Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Shalamov, Solzhenitsyn. Stalin Architecture. WEEK TEN: POST-STALIN REASSESSMENTS: Sinyavsky, Vladimov and Voinovich. Popular Music.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures, discussions, presentations
NO PREREQUISITES. NO RUSSIAN REQUIRED.
Class assignments and grading
READING AND WRITING
Class Participation 20%; Midterm 30%; Final 50%