Explores Russian literature and culture during the twentieth century before perestroika, a period of "revolutions" and unprecedented change in political, cultural, and economic life. Authors include Babel, Bulgakov, Il'f and Petrov, and Nabokov. Periods include symbolism, revolution, Soviet, Stalinist, the "thaw", and post-Soviet. Offered: Sp.
Come take a sweeping tour of the dynamic literary and cultural scene of 20th/21st-century Russia, from the Bolshevik Revolution, Diaspora and Socialist Realist period, through the purges and post-Stalin ‘Thaw’, to the Stagnation, Perestroika and Post-Soviet eras! Lectures and discussion will focus not only on important literary texts of the 20th/21st centuries, but also on relevant films, music and paintings. Authors discussed include: Isaac Babel, Ilf and Petrov, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Yury Olesha, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Vladimir Nabokov.