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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Spring 2007

REE 385 • Russian Postmodernism

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45235 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
CAL 422
Livers

Course Description

This seminar will examine the phenomenon of Russian postmodernism from its beginnings in the late sixties up to the present day. Readings will include Andrei Bitov's The Pushkin House, Venedikt Erofeevs Moscow to the End of the Line, Mark Kharitonovs Lines of Fate, Viktor Erofeevs Russian Beauty and two novels by the immensely popular contemporary writer Viktor Pelevin. The groundbreaking work on Russian postmodernism of Mikhail Epstein, Aleksandr Genis and others will be used to contextualize the authors and their work.

Grading Policy

One oral presentation. A 15-20 page research paper on a topic of your choosing.

Texts

Homo Zapiens, Viktor Pelevin (tr. Andrew Bromfield) The Life of Insects, Viktor Pelevin (tr. Andrew Bromfield) Lines of Fate, Mark Kharitonov (tr. Helena Goscilo) Moscow to the End of the Line, Venedikt Erofeev (tr. William Tjalsma) The Pushkin House, Andrei Bitov (tr. Susan Brownsberger) Russian Beauty, Viktor Erofeyev.

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