Slavic Languages and Literatures | R601 Russian Postmodernism in Its International Context.
R601 | 28508 | Stefani
R601 Russian Postmodernism in Its International Context.
In this course, we will examine the complex and highly controversial
phenomenon of Postmodernism in Russian literature and culture. We
will consider its roots in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as its
flowering in the 1980s and in the immediate post-Soviet and pre-post-
Soviet period. We will also consider the varieties of its expression
and its utilization of historical memory, social and narrative
discontinuity, the exploration of gender roles, the primacy of
silence and the distortion of language, and the role and function of
violence, sexual deviance, the body, and scatological elements. We
will attempt to formulate tentative answer(s) to the question posed
by many scholars: “Just what is Russian Postmodernism?” Along the
way, we will also look at Russian Postmodernism in relation to
theoretical and literary texts of Western Postmodernism, in order to
compare and contrast the ways in which the Russian movement fits
with and deviates from its Western counterparts. Some authors and
artists we will consider are: Vasily Aksyonov, Yuz Aleshkovsky,
Sergei Dovlatov, Venedikt Erofeev, Viktor Erofeyev, Viktor Pelevin,
Liudmila Petrushevskaya, Vladimir Sorokin, and Andrei Tarkovsky.
Above class open only to graduate students.