RUSS 014. The Russian Novel: Revolution, Terror and Resistance
(Cross-listed as LITR 014R )
What does a culture look like after it undergoes a series of revolutions-sexual, political, linguistic-in short succession? To answer this question, this course surveys the Russian novel and its contexts from the years following the Bolshevik Revolution, through the Soviet period, and into the post-Cold War era.
A battle of values in the early USSR between a rebel and a sausage maker. First love and the Russo-Japanese war through the eyes of a child. A dystopian, Kafkaesque tale of an individual awaiting his execution. Stalin’s purges, Gulag labor camps, and the women who fight for their sons. A murder-mystery in the depths of the Russian provinces. The fall of the Soviet Union and the tragedy of those it left behind. A time traveler born in 1900 who awakens in 1999 and must reconstruct the Russian 20th Century.
All are welcome. Taught in translation. No previous knowledge of Russian language or culture required.
Fall 2020. Vergara.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: Russian
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/russian
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