RUSSIAN 499 - Advanced Seminar in Russian
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
RUSSIAN 302 or 303, and 351.
Other Course Info:
Taught in Russian.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In Russia “a poet is more than a poet.” As much applies to artists at large — writers, composers, painters, filmmakers. If there is one trait of Russian culture that distinguishes it from the major cultures of the West, it is Russian art’s persistent claim to an exceptional status. The seminar investigates the many unique associations that have accrued to the notion of art in Russia. How has Russian art acquired such an exceptional social and spiritual role? What is “genuine” art? What is the “true” calling of the artist? What turns the artist into a powerful opponent and even rival of political authority? How does artist relate to man? Does art have its detractors as well? What are their arguments? Some of the heated cultural debates we will explore: veneration vs. nihilist condemnation of art; utilitarian view of art vs. “art of art’s sake”; genius vs. craftsmanship; art and eros vs. art and death. Authors to be read: Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Blok, Bulgakov, Brodsky, etc. Movies by Tarkovsky, Mamin, and Sokurov. Over the course of the term, we will trace the evolving, complex, and ever-fascinating mythology of Russian art from the rise of modern culture to contemporary times. The course is taught in Russian. All assignments are in Russian.

RUSSIAN 499 - Advanced Seminar in Russian
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001 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Russia Between East & West
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