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