History | Sex, Politics, and Popular Culture in Modern Russia
D300 | 4444 | Sargeant
9:30-10:20A D BH305
Topic: Modern Russia, 1860-1999
Above section open to undergraduates only.
In this course, we will examine the relationship between politics and
popular culture in modern Russia. Using paintings, political posters,
advertising, music, film, and video, we will explore the development
of Russian politics from the revolutionaries and political terrorists
of the late 19th century to the corrupt and often violent political
scene of today's "New Russia." Issues of sex, gender, and the social
and cultural roles of men and women will play an important part in
this course, reflecting their significance in Russian politics and
culture over the last 150 years.
No previous knowledge of Russian history or culture is required for
this course. The class will feature a combined lecture-discussion
format. On Mondays, I will provide an introductory lecture to the
topic of the week. Tuesdays through Thursdays will feature shorter
lectures combined with class discussions and music, film, or visual
art presentations. On Fridays, we will wrap things up with a final
discussion of the readings and presentations.
Thompson, Russia and the Soviet Union: A History
Sites, Russian Popular Culture
Course Reader. Includes readings from:
Barker, ed, Consuming Russian: Popular Culture, Sex, and Society since
Lane, ed., Russia In Transition: Politics, Privatization, and
Tuller, Cracks in the Iron Closet: Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia
Wood, The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary
Naiman, Sex in Public: The Incarnation of Early Soviet Ideology
Rabinowitch, ed., Russian in the Era of NEP: Explorations in Soviet
Kelly and Shepherd, eds., Constructing Russian Culture in the Age of
Fitzpatrick, Everyday Stalinism
Von Geldern and Stites, eds., Entertaining Tsarist Russia
Von Geldern and Stites, eds., Mass Culture in Soviet Russia
6 short essays of 1-2 single-spaced pages.
60% of your final grade.
Each essay will be based on the readings and class discussions
for a single week. I will provide a handout on essay writing at the
first class meeting. Essays will be due in class on Fridays (except
July 7th and August 11th).
40% of your final grade.
The final examination will consist of an essay and short
answers. The exam will take place on the last day of class.
Approximately 25 pages of reading will be assigned for each class,
Monday through Thursday. No readings will be assigned for days on
which essays are due.