Slavic Languages and Literatures | Intro to Russian Culture
R223 | ALL | --

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.