RUSS 427 A: Russian Jewish Experience

Spring 2022
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm / SAV 155
Section Type:
Joint Sections:
JEW ST 427 A
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Soviet Jewish Experience

This course offers an examination of the literature and cinema dealing with the experience of Jews from the end of the 19th century to the present, focusing on the late Imperial, the Soviet, and the post-Soviet periods; the experience of Jews in imperial-era and Soviet-era Ukraine will be particularly emphasized. We will study the cultural artifacts dealing with the challenges of co-existence of Jews and their neighbors in the Russian Empire; we will also consider experiences of and reflections on the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalinism, the Holocaust, the post-Stalin period; the place of Jews as individuals and members of a minority group within Russian and Soviet society, ideology, and culture; migration and emigration; everyday life in the Soviet Union, and among immigrant communities in America and elsewhere at the beginning of the 21st century.

All readings and discussions in English.


The course syllabus is here: RUSS 427--JEW ST 427 Soviet Jewish Experience - Spring 2022.pdf

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Catalog Description:
Examines the experience of Russian Jews from the late 19th century to the present through fiction, films, memoirs, graphic novels set during the Bolshevik Revolution, Stalinism, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the post-Soviet era. Explores issues of identity, gender, class, place of Jews as individuals and as a minority within Russian & Soviet society, as well as Jewish-Russian emigration to USA, Israel and elsewhere at the turn of the 21st century. Offered: jointly with JEW ST 427; A.
GE Requirements Met:
Diversity (DIV)
Social Sciences (SSc)
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
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July 23, 2024 - 2:51 pm