Russian and Russian Studies 201. Russian Literature: From Revolution to the Present
The study of Russian literature and culture in the 20th century, from the turmoil of the Revolution through the terror of Stalin’s Soviet Union to the momentous changes of the 1990s. The focus will be on literature and art, grappling with aesthetic concerns amid censorship, purges and rapid political change. Readings might include: Akhmatova, Babel, Zamyatin, Nabokov, Gorky, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Bitov, Baranskaia, Tokareva, Petrushevskaia. Cultural materials cover the avant-garde, Soviet theatre and ballet, samizdat and other unofficial art, glasnost and the new trends of the past few years.