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Connections 23019. Russia: Literature, History, Politics

This connection reflects the explicitly interrelated nature of literature, society and politics throughout Russian history. Certain key themes inform Russian literature just as they affect the whole of Russian History and Politics. These overriding Big Themes include but are not limited to: issues of Russian identity between East and West; Russia as a locus of autocratic centralized power, often accompanied by corruption and repression and a counterpoint of strong literary expression; Russian culture alternating between national movements and wholesale borrowings of outside culture; and the perpetual question of how the past shapes the present. Students choosing this connection will explore Russian culture from the specific disciplinary perspectives of three different academic areas, applying various modes of inquiry to the Big Themes of Russian history.

The connection represents three areas: History, Humanities and Social Studies.

This is a two-course or three-course connection. To complete this connection, students may connect one course only in each of the areas represented: History, Humanities and Social Sciences.

HIST 215 History of Russia

RUSS 200 or RUSS 300 Russian Literature: Icons to Revolution - Advanced
RUSS 201 or RUSS 301 Revolution, Sci-Fi, Dystopia - Advanced
RUSS 203 Russian Drama

Social Sciences
POLS 249 Russian Foreign Policy
POLS 255 Russian Politics