Slavic Languages and Literatures | Introduction to Russian Culture
R223 | 5934 | Stefani


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.