We examine the rebels, deviants, dissidents and loners of Russian literature, and the interchange between art and politics, from the Russian Futurists to Pussy Riot. All of our literature and culture courses are taught in translation.
Who is to blame? What is to be done? How can we love, and how should we die? We will read Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov and other writers works in order to explore these larger-than-life questions.
This course focuses on Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948), whose seminal works in the history and theory of cinema are the subject of our sustained examination.
Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, the matter of what Soviet life would look like and how the Soviet multiethnic empire should be built became highly contested projects. This seminar introduces students to the new research into the elaboration, implementation, domestication, taming, or overcoming of revolutionary utopianism and futurism.