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Spring 2016-2017
* SLA 221 / RES 221 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Soviet Culture, Above and Below Ground

Katherine M.H. Reischl

This interdisciplinary survey explores Soviet literature, art, theater, and film after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. We will explore the works of avant-garde authors and artists, official writers and painters, authors who wrote "for the desk drawer", and those whose creative works were circulated in the underground. In our analysis of Soviet artistic production, we will focus on major cultural topics in and around the increasing pressure of shifting political landscapes, ideology, propaganda, the publishing market, and the role of the writer in Russian society.

Sample reading list:
Evgeny Zamyatin, We
Mikhail Bulgakov, Heart of a Dog
Fyodor Gladkov, Cement
Vladimir Mayakovsky, The Bedbug
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Valentin Rasputin, Farewell to Matyora

Reading/Writing assignments:
Short reader responses (8); research paper or creative/analytical project (10 pages); reading roughly 100-200 pages/week.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40927 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   010   Enrolled:16 Limit:30