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.
In this course, we will study Dostoevsky’s fiction and journalistic writings, alongside reactions to his work from international thinkers, writers, and filmmakers.
This course investigates various figures of imposture in literature—the ways that con-men, swindlers, and pretenders reflect and manipulate the cultural, political, and social dilemmas of their respective periods.
We will read one of the most influential novels of the 20th century Russian literature—"The Master and Margarita," by Mikhail Bulgakov—in its original language.