Slavic Languages and Literatures | INTRO TO RUSSIAN CULTURE
R223 | 15189 | Perlina

The period under consideration spans over the millennium: from the conversion of the
Kievan ruler Prince Vladimir in 988 to the contemporary Russia of Vladimir Putin. To
provide an introduction to Russian culture, the following epochs in the life of ancient and
modern Russia are considered:
1.  The Rise and Disintegration of Kievan Rus;
2.  From the Mongol Invasion and The Rise of Moscow to the Time of Troubles and the
Dynastic Struggle of 1606-1612;
3.  Literary Development and Cultural History of the Imperial Russia: from the Building of
the New Capital City (St. Petersburg) to the Bolshevik Upheaval of 1917;
4.  Thresholds: Soviet Culture and Beyond.

Required Texts:
At IU Bookstore and at Collegiate Copies:
An Anthology of Russian Literature from Earliest Writing to Modern Fiction,  N. Rzhevsky,
ed. Introduction to Russian Culture,  R. 223.  Instructor's Reader.

Students will be also provided by two additional lists of reading materials which include:
a) Books on Reserve; and b) sources recommended for position papers, oral discussions,
mid-term and final papers.

Course structure:
In the first part of the semester each student will write two position papers: one-page
paper due in class, and one split in two parts: one-page paper due in class and a 4-page
take-home component.
During Febr. 10 - April 21, each student will conduct one 15-min. research discussion
(individual or group). The first topic for the discussion should be selected by Febr. 3. Every
discussion will be summarized as a 5-6 page research paper and submitted to me a week
after its oral presentation. Grades for the research projects (oral discussions and their
written summaries) will be counted toward your mid-term grade. Late submissions will be
A final written paper (6 - 8 pages in length) is due on the last day of class. There will be
no exam for this course.
Your work will be evaluated on the following manner:
First position paper  						10%
Second position paper and a 4-page take-home			20%
Class participation						10%
Class discussion and research summary				30%
Final paper							30%