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RU 13186-1: Russia in Revolution: History, Politics, Literature, Film, and the Arts (1891-1924)

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Instructor: Thomas Marullo

What are revolutions? How do they begin, progress, and end? More specifically, what happens when a country abandons a three-hundred-year way of life, enters into repeated revolution and war, and seeks heaven on earth, but achieves inferno and hell?

Even more contradictory, what occurs when, at the same time, this country so revamps literature, painting, music, film and dance that it leads the arts in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century?

“Russia in Revolution: History, Politics, Literature, Film, and the Arts (189-1924)” is an interdisciplinary, multi-media seminar on Russia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Topics to be considered are the dynamics of revolution and war; the form and function of utopia and dystopia; the nature of imprisonment, liberation and exile (physical, political, social, spiritual and aesthetic); and the nostalgia for Imperial Russia and the hope-turned-dismay over the new Soviet state.

Other themes are: the “lost” man, woman, and child at the fin de siècle; the conflicts between city and country, “old” and “new,” Russia and the West; the interplay of “patriarchal,” “maternal,” “messianic,” and “apocalyptic” voices; and, the role of memory and myth (archetypal, classical, religious and personal).

The seminar is designed to sharpen students’ aesthetic and analytical capabilities, improve their reading comprehension, and strengthen their written and oral skills.