SLAVIC 150 - First Year Seminar
Section: 001 Russia Through its Manifestos: Art and Thought in the Provocative Mode
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Slavic Languages and Literatures (SLAVIC)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

A manifesto is always a “slap in the face of public taste!” 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. Devised collectively or individually, performed or printed (or painted, or filmed), the manifesto is a litmus test for social attitudes. In this class, we read and critique manifestos by revolutionaries, politicians, artists, and writers. We consider how they respond to radical transformations of society – the emancipation of the Russian serfs, the Russian Revolution, the collapse of the USSR. This course brings insights from political theory, anthropology, visual studies, and literary criticism to the study of Russian culture. This course also serves as a foundation 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. In addition, students have the chance to write their own manifestos. The Symbolist, Futurist, Communist, and Absurdist manifestos give us exciting opportunities to think about “isms” today. Course materials are from: Marx, Lenin, Kollontai, Kandinsky, Goncharova, Malevich, Mayakovsky, Stravinsky, Vertov, Platonov, Komar & Melamid, Prigov, and Pussy Riot, among others. In the last sessions, we study manifestos that are especially important to U.S. culture.

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