RUSSIAN 551 - Old Russian Literature
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Advisory Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course provides an introduction to the culture of the Eastern Slavs from the ninth century until the seventeenth and also looks at the continued employment of elements drawn from that culture in post-enlightenment Russia. It requires no special historical or linguistic knowledge and is intended to be of interest to anyone curious about medieval and early-modern culture. While the primary emphasis will be on Old Russian literature, the course will also examine art, architecture, folklore, and other cultural forms. The course will help students to develop the analytical skills required for the examination of medieval and early-modern cultures (including basic tools of textual criticism and instrumentation to read symbolic languages very different from ours) and to develop an understanding of cultural premises radically different from those on which post-Enlightenment Europe has relied. The course will look at the East Slavs of Rus’ and Muscovy in comparison with the peoples around them and will also look at how post-Petrine Russia has turned again and again to “Old Russia” and, indeed, has, in some areas, shown remarkable continuity with that Old Russian past. Students will also develop skills in analytical writing, in treating both very specific, materials-based topics and broader, conceptual issues.All assigned materials will be available in English.

Course Requirements:

Three short papers (1,500 words each), and a final, longer paper (2,500-3,000 words).

Intended Audience:

Students interested in pre-modern Eastern Europe

Class Format:

Twice a week for 1.5 hours; informal lectures with student participation welcomed. Students registered for Russian 551 will attend an additional section meeting.

RUSSIAN 551 - Old Russian Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780930042332
Archpriest Avvakum, the life written by himself : with the study of V.V. Vinogradov, Author: Avvakum Petrovich, Protopope, 1620 or 1621-1682., Publisher: Michigan Slavic Publications, University of Michigan 1979
ISBN: 0452010861
Medieval Russia's epics, chronicles, and tales, Author: edited, translated, and with an introd. by Serge A. Zenkovsky., Publisher: Penguin Rev. and e 1974
ISBN: 0801496896
The Domostroi : rules for Russian households in the time of Ivan the Terrible, Author: ed. and transl. by Carolyn Johnston Pouncy., Publisher: Cornell University Press 2006
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