RUSSIAN 474 - Late 20th-Century Russian Literature
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course looks at the new Russia, which emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and that new Russia’s relationship to literature — at the new kinds of writing, new markets, new means of distribution, and new roles for writers. The course will examine the way that writers responded to transformation, crisis, and the creation of a new socio-political and economic environment for literature. Belles lettres dealing with old and new issues (the situation of Russian women, the fate of the Russian countryside, the emergence of the new entrepreneurial class, the world of advertising, and so on) will be read and the position of authors discussed. The course will also look at the transformation of the popular literature market, with the creation of native genres drawing on foreign models (detective stories, thrillers, etc). New market conditions and new political situations have created new roles and positions for Russian authors, and the course will also examine how they have responded to these new circumstances — are Russian writers still as politically engaged as they were in the Soviet period; are literary polemics still as intense; do the questions of nationality and a national literature still loom large for Russian literature; what has the new economic world done to popular and “high” literature; what can we learn from the squabbles over literary prizes and widespread Internet publications in the new Russia?

Writing requirements for the course are: two 2,500-word papers, and three in-class writing assignments. Final grades are awarded on the following basis: each in-class assignment is worth 15% of the final grade; each paper is worth 20%; performance in class discussions is worth 15%. There is no final examination.

RUSSIAN 474 - Late 20th-Century Russian Literature
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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