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 Russian 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 culture;
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.