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

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 Russi
an 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 cultu
re; 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.