Slavic Languages and Literatures | Introduction to Russian Culture
R223 | ALL | Durkin


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.

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.