RUSSIAN 361 - Russian Modernism: Decadence, Symbolism, and the Avant-garde in Russia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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A detailed introduction to the art and thought of Russian modernism (1890-1921), this course covers the colorful phenomenon of decadence, and its literary and ideological manifestations from symbolism and “the new religious consciousness” to the avant-garde; the response to modernism in the later works of Tolstoy and Chekhov; and the post-symbolist currents in poetry and prose, including futurism and acmeism. The required reading consists of the English translations of verse, from Vladimir Soloviev and Merezhkovsky to Maiakovsky and Mandelstam, and a selection of such prose masterpieces as Sologub’s The Petty Demon, Belyi’s Petersburg, and Bunin’s short stories.

No knowledge of Russian required. A midterm and a final take-home exam.

RUSSIAN 361 - Russian Modernism: Decadence, Symbolism, and the Avant-garde in Russia
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