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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2016-17


RUSS 32 Twentieth Century Russian Literature: Revolution, Terror, and Art

This course examines the impact which the turbulent history of twentieth- and twenty-first century Russia has had on literature and on writers struggling to defend their integrity. The beginning of the last century witnessed an unprecedented burst of literary and artistic creativity: the late flowering of the great realist tradition coincided with the advent of modernism, a worldview defined by an insatiable hunger for novelty, will to experiment, taste for scandal and provocation, and bohemian lifestyles. The modernist schools and movements-symbolism, futurism, acmeism, imagism, and suprematism-were terminated in the 1930s by Stalin. Since then, despite decades of censorship and material hardship, Russian writers have continued to produce one of the world's greatest literatures. Readings will include Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, works by such authors as Chekhov and Pasternak, and samples from the radical avant-garde. Readings will be supplemented by excursions into Russian cinema, fine arts, photography, cyber-punk and contemporary performance art.

Instructor

Somoff

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:LIT; WCult:W

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Offered

17S: 11