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    Vassar College
  Nov 25, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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RUSS 371 - Seminar on Russian Culture

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)

Advanced seminar on Russian culture. Designed for majors and students with sufficient knowledge of Russian.

Topic for 2017/18a: The Myth of Petersburg: Russian Literature and Culture.  In this course, we explore the myth of the city of Petersburg, the Imperial Russian capital, founded by Peter the Great in the early eighteenth century as a “window on Europe.” The city has been seen to embody all the contradictions of Russia- East vs. West, imperial grandeur vs. the pathos of the little man, nature vs. civilization, free well vs. fate. We consider the semiotics of space in St. Petersburg through a careful reading of selected literary texts, both prose and poetry- Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Blok, Bely, Gumiev, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Kharms - and works of literary/cultural criticism. Nikolai Firtich.

Prerequisite(s): RUSS 331  or equivalent.

Advanced seminar conducted in Russian. 

One 3-hour period.

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