SLAVIC 150 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 Radical Russia: Writers, Artists, Revolutionaries
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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This course explores Russian culture – its periods of social upheaval, its many artistic movements, its current moment, and aspirations for the future – through the genre of the manifesto, a brief statement on politics and aesthetics. In this class, we study manifestos by revolutionaries, politicians, artists, and writers. We consider how they respond to radical transformations of society such as the emancipation of the Russian serfs, the Russian Revolution, the collapse of the USSR. This course helps students acclimate to writing, research, and discussion at the college level. It introduces vocabulary for analyzing text, visual art, film, music and theater as primary sources. Students learn how to research for secondary criticism, develop a response paper and a research topic and, eventually, produce a college essay. Students also have a chance to write their own manifestos. Course materials are from: Marx, Lenin, Kollontai, Kandinsky, Goncharova, Malevich, Mayakovsky, Stravinsky, Vertov, Platonov, Komar & Melamid, and Pussy Riot, among others. In the last session, we study manifestos that are especially important to U.S. culture. We study several important manifestos from East and Central Europe, as well.

SLAVIC 150 - First Year Seminar
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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