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

Spring 2009

REE 302 • A World Apart: Russian Sci-Fi in Literature and Film

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44695 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CAL 100
Garza

Course Description

The country that brought us Sputnik and robots also created some of the world's best creations of science fiction and fantasy. From the works of classic writers (such as the Strugatsky Brothers), the the harsh images of Soviet utopias (such as Zamytins We), to the films of the 20th century and today(such as Takovskys Solaris and Stalker), and current post-Soviet works (such as the apocalyptic vampire thriller Night Watch), well explore the remarkable world of Russian sci-fi through a variety of media. Whether youre already a sci-fi fan, or a newcomer to the genre, prepare to discover a brave new world.

Grading Policy

Reaction Paper (3 pp.) 15% Midterm exam 20% Short Essay (5-7 pp.) 25% Final Exam 25% Active Participation 15%

Texts

Worlds Apart: An Anthology of Russian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Alexander Levitsky, New York, NY Overlook Press, 2007. We, Evgeny Zamyatin, New York, NY: Modern Library, 2006. Heart of a Dog, Mikhail Bulgakov, London: Hesperus Press, 2003. Packet of Readings (available at Speedway Printers in the Dobie Mall) Films Aelita Queen of Mars, Jakov Protozanov, dir. (1924) The Planet of Storms, Pavel Klushntsev, dir. (1962) Amphibian Man, Gennady Kazanskii, dir. (1962) His Name Was Robert, Ilya Ol'shvanger, dir. (1967) Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky, dir. (1972) Stalker, Andrei Tarkovsky, dir (1979) The Heard of a Dog, Vladimir Bortko, dir. (1988) The Fatal Eggs, Sergei Lomkin, dir (1995) Night Watch, Timur Bekmambetov, dir. (2004) Day Watch, Timur Bekmambetov, dir. (2006)

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