RUS 330 • Russian Culture: The Arts
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
A brief history of Russian culture through the arts, incorporating Russian achievements in music, painting, architecture, film, theater, ballet and, of course, literature. We begin with the Middle Ages and end in the twentieth century. The aim of the course is to open up an appreciation of Russian culture in the widest range of its creative expression. No previous study of Russian language, history or literature is required. But students in the Russian field will find their cultural literacy greatly enhanced. Emphasis is on "high culture," what educated Russian take for granted, but elements of popular culture are also included. Format: informal lecture and discussion. Extensive use of slides, videos and music.
two hour exams 25% each paper/project 30% final exam 20% Extra credit for active class participation.
Reading assignments will be made from sources like Ouspensky, The Meaning of Icons, Brumfield (Russian architecture), Camilla Gray (The Russian Experiment in Art), Richard Stites (Soviet mass culture) as well as literary texts. Assigned viewing will include Russian opera, ballet and film. Listening assignments will draw on folk-song, classical music, popular song and political ballads.