RCLANG 323 - Russian Readings
Section: 001 Russian Foodways
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency in Russian (by RC standards).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“We are what we eat” — food is fundamental and instrumental in our lives. For the traveler the table is one of the principal arenas for encounters with other cultures (after all, when we travel, we are always curious about menus, local dishes, the domestic table, and so on). But we also are how we eat, and the rituals, habits, economies, folklore, and cultural images of the table, the practices of food selection and preparation, the depiction of the table in high (and popular) culture are all significant elements in the creation of personal, regional, and national identity.

This course will examine the foodways of Russia, from the development of the Russian table to the practices and rituals of food preparation and consumption in Russia today. It will explore the semiotics of the table in Russian literature, folklore, film, and journalism, and will look at contemporary attitudes to food and eating. Students will learn what to expect when they eat and drink in Russia (and why), and will have the opportunity to emulate the habits of the Russian table, to participate in the preparation and enjoyment of an authentic Russian zastol’e, and to see the foodways of Russian Detroit.

Course requirements:

  • active participation in class discussions and in co-curricular activities
  • five one- to two-page response papers
  • final project combining oral presentation and a six- to eight page-paper
  • readings include historical texts, belles lettres, journalism, culinary writing, tourist materials and travelers’ tales, folklore (all in the original).

RCLANG 323 - Russian Readings
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001 (SEM)
MF 12:00PM - 1:30PM
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