Slavic Languages and Literatures | Introduction to Russian Culture
R223 | ALL | Durkin


Introduction to selected topics in Russian culture from the early historical period to the present, with emphasis on elements that have contributed to "cultural literacy" for Russians themselves. Topics will include (among others) the origins of the Russi
an people and language, the earliest East Slavic state and its culture (religion, architecture, art, and literature); the Moscow period and its culture; Russian folk traditions; the transformation of culture by Peter the Great and the rise of gentry cultu
re; Russia as a part of European culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; modernist, Soviet, and post-Soviet developments.  Selected readings in literary and historical texts; visual materials will include slide and film presentations.

Requirements: (for Intensive Writing):
two tests and final; four papers of six pages minimum for section (for non-Intensive Writing:  two tests and final; one paper of six pages minimum.