HIST046 - Portraits of Soviet Society: Literature, Film, Drama

Description: 
This course covers 20C Russian cultural and social history. Each week-long unit is organized around a medium-length film, text or set of texts (novella, play, memoir, set of short stories) which opens up a single “scene” of social history—work, village, apartment, war, Gulag, and so on. Each of these cultural texts is ac companied by a set of supplementary materials—historical readings, paintings, cultural-analytical readings, excerpts from other literary works, etc. The object of the course is to understand the social codes and rituals that informed twentieth-century Soviet life, and to apply this knowledge in interpreting literary texts, other cultural objects, and even historical and social documents (letters, memoranda, etc.). We will attempt to understand social history and cultural inter pretation as separate disciplines—yet also as disciplines that can inform one another. In short: we will read the social history through culture, and read cultural works against the social history
Instructors: 
PLATT, KEVIN
Day and Time: 
TR 1200PM-0130PM
Room: 
CLAUDIA COHEN HALL 402
Activity: 
LEC
Cross Listings: 
  • RUSS187401
Registration Notes: 
CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS; HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCE SECTOR
  • Major Concentrations: European
  • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: Europe