JUDAIC 435 - Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Thematically, the course deals with the two centuries of Jewish cultural creativity in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Russian Federation. Interdisciplinary in approach, the course combines historical analysis with close reading of works of literature, art, and cinema. The first part of the course familiarizes students with the different concepts of Jewish history in the Russian Empire from the Partitions of Poland in the late 18th century to the October Revolution of 1917, with the emphasis on cultural transformation and modernization. The second and the third parts deal with the emergence and growth of two main centers of Russian-Jewish cultural production in Odessa and St. Petersburg respectively, and with their representation in literature and arts. The fourth part is dedicated to the Soviet and post-Soviet period, focusing on the issues of assimilation and anti-Semitism, forms of cultural resistance to the totalitarian regime, and the revival of Jewish life in post-Soviet Russia.

Crs Requirements: Attendance and participation, three papers with a total of 30-40 pages at the end of the first, third, and fourth sections.

Intended Audience: CREES, Slavic, Judaic Studies, History, and Political Science concentrators, and graduate students interested in Jewish history and culture, Russia and Eastern Europe.

Class Format: Lecture with active participation of sstudents in the form of discussion.

JUDAIC 435 - Cultural History of Russian Jews through Literature and the Arts
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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