RCLANG 323 - Russian Readings
Section: 001 Moscow and St. Petersburg: Two Capitals, Two Worlds, Two Planets
Term: FA 2017
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency in Russian (by RC standards).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

“Mother Moscow, Father Petersburg”. “Russia needs Moscow as Petersburg needs Russia’ (Gogol). For over two hundred years the polarities of Russian culture have been expressed in the opposition between Russia’s two greatest cities: Moscow and St Petersburg. Moscow, the old, organic, heartland city of cathedrals, merchants, winding streets, and conviviality was, in the nineteenth century, seen as the opposite of western-looking, man-made, bureaucratic, imperial St. Petersburg, the new capital, with its un-Russian buildings and its cold, stern appearance. The Bolsheviks moved power back to Moscow, the “ancient capital”, and reversed some of the polarities, but Petersburg/Petrograd/Leningrad/Petersburg (again!) has retained its powerful mythology — the first modern city, made as much by writers as by architects and emperors. In the new Russia, Moscow’s predominance in wealth and power has again changed the relationship. The course will explore the changing configurations of that relationship, as expressed in historical events, art, and popular culture. Readings — all in Russian — include: fiction, poetry, travelers’ tales, journalism, tourist materials. Music, several films, and other media will also be assigned. Students are required to participate in class discussions, keep a journal, write three-to-four papers, and complete a final project. Prerequisites: permission of instructor or RC proficiency. Can be used to replace Russian 301 in Slavic Department course sequence.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements: weekly readings, regular class participation, two short reflection papers, two essays and a final project.

RCLANG 323 - Russian Readings
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001 (SEM)
MF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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