Slavic Languages and Literatures | Twentieth-Century Russian Literature 2
R508 | ALL | Perlina
The class aims at giving a diachronic overview of Russian literature and
culture from 1930 to the present (from the final breakup of the avantgarde
at the end of the 1920s to the revival of Conceptualism in the 1990s). The
course will trace the relationship between avantgarde, Socialist realism,
political/aesthetic dissent, and contemporary post-socialist art. Emphasis
will be placed on the author-hero relation and on the depiction of the hero
as an author (writer, thinker, poet) or an inventor (engineer, constructor,
1) One written research of approx. 10 pages in length, summarized as a 20
min. report (oral presentations will be analyzed by individual discussants).
Oral reports should either provide a comparison of two (or more) analytical
approaches to the required texts (i.e., E. Proffer and B. Gasparov on the
genre of Master and Margarita ) or offer a critical analysis of an optional
text (the list is attached).
2) One major paper of approx. 12-15 pages presented by the end of the
1. Available from the bookstore:
V. Aksyonov, The Burn, Vintage/Hutchinson 1984.
M. Bulgakov, Master and Margarita, Grove
V. Nabokov, The Gift, Putnam.
B. Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago, Pantheon
A. Platonov, The Foundation Pit, Dutton
A. Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle, Bantam
2. Texts on reserve:
Origins and Theory of Socialist Realism
Pervyi vsesoiuznyi s'ezd sovetskikh pisatelei, M.,.1934 (on reserve), C. V.
James, Soviet Socialist Realism: Origins and Theory, 1973 (on reserve),
Regine Robin, Socialist Realism: An Impossible Aesthetics, 1992 (on
reserve), K. Clark, The Soviet Novel: History and Ritual, U. of Chicago,
1981 (on reserve), A. Terts, On Socialist Realism, 1960 .