RUSS 167 - Hipsters, Rebels and Rock Stars in Russian Literature and Culture (in English)
The image of the dandy, the fop and the rebel has steadily resurfaced in Russian art and literature during periods of major political and cultural change. As early as the nineteenth century youth countercultures began to permeate and shape new currents of thought and artistic expression. This course examines the historical development of hipness in the literature, cinema, visual art and music of Russia from Golden Age Romanticism to the present day. It aims to frame the many iterations of the Russian hipster within a historical and artistic context. Special attention is given to the investigation of artistic mediums as vehicles in propagating the image of the hipster in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and contemporary Russia.
Open to all classes.
All readings and discussion are in English.
Not offered in 2017/18.
Two 75-minute periods.
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