Slavic Languages & 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,
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
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 .