RCLANG 323 - Russian Readings
Section: 001 Folktales in Russian Culture
Term: FA 2018
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency in Russian (by RC standards).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The folk tale (skazka) is one of the most popular and productive forms of verbal folklore in Russia, with an enormous range of narratives, characters, and situations. Folk tales reveal many aspects of traditional Russian folk life, from ancient beliefs to daily practices, and reflect key preoccupations of the Russian peasantry. Moreover, motifs, narratives, and characters from folk tales have, since the nineteenth century, been widely appropriated by other areas of Russian culture (poetry, prose fiction, drama, film, opera, ballet and the visual arts), sometimes as stylized representations of the popular, sometimes as ironic versions of the original, sometimes for sophisticated political commentary, sometimes to explore simultaneously different, even opposite, areas of cultural production. This course will explore the language and semiotics of the folk tale as a genre of popular verbal narrative; examine the history of the collection and study of folk tales, and it will look in detail at the many ways in which aspects of the folk tale have been refashioned in other areas of Russian high and low culture. Course requirements: weekly readings, regular class participation, two short reflection papers, two essays and a final project. Students will also get an opportunity to get immersed in the world of Russian folk tales through attending theatrical productions based on Russian folk tales, writing their own Russian-style folk tales and staging a Russian skazka in class.

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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