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Communist Modernity: The Politics and Culture of Soviet Utopia
Inspired by utopian ideas of equality and universal brotherhood, communism was conceived as an alternative to capitalism's crises. This attempt to build a new world was costly and brutal: equality was quickly transformed into uniformity; brotherhood morphed into the Big Brother. The course provides an in-depth review of these oscillations between utopian motivations and oppressive practices. It will present central players of Soviet Utopia: from Lenin to Malevich; from Stalin to Eisenstein. Major political texts, key cultural documents and films of the period help us trace the emergence and disappearance of commumist modernity.
Sample reading list:
Joseph Stalin, Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Karl Marx, Manifesto of the Communist Party
Leon Trotsky, Problems of Everyday Life
Kazimir Malevich, The Non-Objective World
Sergei Eisenstein, The Dramaturgy of Film Form
Asif A. Siddiqi, Sputnik and the Soviet Space Challenge
150 pages of reading per week, weekly class participation and one-page response paper; midterm paper, final paper.
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%
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