RUSSIAN 361 - Russian Modernism: Decadence, Symbolism, and the Avant-garde in Russia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course offers a detailed introduction to the prose and verse of Russian Modernism, from its beginnings in the 1890s to its radical reshaping after its encounter with Soviet Power. Key literary movements — Symbolism, Acmeism, Futurism, the new avant-garde of the 1920s — and major ideological and cultural phenomena (“Decadence”; “the new religious consciousness” of the Russian fin de siècle; archaist tendencies in literature, art, and culture; Soviet promotion of “proletarian” culture) are examined. Among the major works of the period explored in detail are Sologub’s Petty Demon, Belyi’s Petersburg, Red Cavalry by Isaak Babel’, and Platonov’s The Foundation Pit. In addition to those authors, Chekhov, Bunin, Kuprin, Kuzmin, Blok, Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Pasternak, Esenin, Klyuev, Remizov, Kharms, and Vaginov will be among the writers represented by shorter reading assignments.

Course Requirements:

Written assignments for the course are:

  • three papers;
  • three in-class writing assignments; and
  • seven short responses to topics for discussion posted on C-Tools.

No examinations.

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RUSSIAN 361 - Russian Modernism: Decadence, Symbolism, and the Avant-garde in Russia
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9781903517604
The Dedalus book of Russian decadence : perversity, despair and collapse, Publisher: Dedalus 2007
ISBN: 9780882338088
The petty demon, Author: Fyodor Sologub ; translated and introduced by S.D. Cioran, with an appendix and critical articles ; edited by Murl Barker., Publisher: Ardis [Rev. ed.] 1989
ISBN: 9780253202192
Petersburg, Author: Andrei Bely [i.e. B.N. Bugaev] ; translated, annotated, and introduced by Robert A. Maguire and John E. Malmstad., Publisher: Indiana University Press 1978
ISBN: 9781843914310
Wings, Author: Mikhail Kuzmin., Publisher: Hesperus 2007
ISBN: 0806530081
The Adolescence of Zhenya Luvers, Author: Pasternak, Boris, Publisher: Philosophical Library 2007
ISBN: 9780140449976
Red cavalry and other stories, Author: Isaac Babel ; edited with notes by Efraim Sicher ; translated with an introduction by David McDuff., Publisher: Penguin Classics Reissue. 2005
ISBN: 9781590173053
The foundation pit, Author: Andrey Platonov ; a new translation from the definitive Russian text by Robert & Elizabeth Chandler, Olga Meerson ; with notes and an afterword by Robert Chandler and Olga Meerson., Publisher: New York Review Books 2009
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