Survey of twentieth-century Russian poetry and prose. Pre-revolutionary, Soviet, and emigre authors, trends, and genres. Includes survey of twentieth-century literary criticism as well, in particular Russian formalists and Mikhail Bakhtin.
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: Yevgeny Zamyatin, Yury Olesha, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Valentin Katayev, Vladimir Nabokov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Tatyana Tolstaya, Viktor Pelevin and Roman Senchin.