RUSSIAN 361 - Russian Modernism: Decadence, Symbolism, and the Avant-garde in Russia
Fall 2013, Section 001
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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
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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