RUSSIAN 322 - Russia Today
Section: 101 Culture & Identity in a "Multi-national" State
Term: SP 2012
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is intended to introduce aspects of Russia today to a general student audience, with especial emphasis on contemporary Russia as a “multi-national” country. No background in the subject is required. Various features of modern Russia will be examined through such diverse materials as the literature, cinema, and political history of recent years. Among the many issues which this course intends to raise are:

  • the complexities and contradictions of Russia as a multi-ethnic country (or, as most Russian-speakers would put it, a country of many different “nationalities”);
  • the attempt to recover the past in Russian culture today;
  • the ways we look at the Russians through our own media;
  • the economic and political transformations of Russia, as reflected in culture and everyday life.

Particular attention will be paid to the conflicts in the North Caucasus, their meaning for Russia, and their representation in Russian culture, and to other “hot spots” of ethnic and national conflict that have emerged in recent years.

There are two informal lectures per week, and a discussion section. Three short papers, three-in-class writing assignments, weekly media journals.

RUSSIAN 322 - Russia Today
Schedule Listing
101 (LEC)
MTuW 9:00AM - 11:00AM
103 (DIS)
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0199709424
Armageddon Averted Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000., Author: Kotkin, Stephen., Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA 2009
ISBN: 1880100622
Fish : a history of one migration, Author: Peter Aleshkovsky ; translated by Nina Shevchuk-Murray., Publisher: Russian Life Books [Uncorrect 2010
ISBN: 057172003X
Skunk : a life., Publisher: Ivan R Dee, Inc 1998
ISBN: 0870032364
Russia lost in transition : the Yeltsin and Putin legacies, Author: Shevt?s?ova, Lilii?a? Fedorovna., Publisher: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0374533105
Day of the oprichnik : a novel., Publisher: Faber And Faber
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