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.
Gain a critical appreciation of Nabokov’s literary art and the cultural and aesthetic contexts from which they emerged, as well as situate his work within the currents of literary modernism.
Explore the dramatic history and the dissolution of the Soviet Union from the perspective of those whose lives were deeply affected by the social upheavals it brought about.
How were the decades of the Cold War experienced behind the Iron Curtain? Study the roots of the Cold War; the unfolding of Soviet influence in Eastern Europe; and Soviet relations with the West, China, and the developing world.