RUSSIAN 365 - Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction
Section: 001
Term: FA 2019
Subject: Russian (RUSSIAN)
Department: LSA Slavic Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Fantasy and science-fiction have captured the imagination of numerous generations of readers. This course focuses on the fantastic and science fiction genres in Russian literature as artistic modes that, belying their whimsical guise, break down preconceived modes of perception and provide new crucial means of understanding the world. The course traces the evolution of the fantastic from the early nineteenth century to the present, from dream narratives of Romanticism to phantom visions of the Age of the Novel, from early 20th century symbolist excursions into altered states of reality to the heyday of technophile Soviet science fiction, from Perestroika’s grim prognostications of the future to the contemporary boom of popular fantasy and sci-fi. It explores how Russian works of fantasy and science-fiction respond to key political, social, intellectual, and religious developments of their time, and how they react to various cultural movements (e.g., Romanticism, the avant-garde, postmodernism). Students will analyze the employment of the fantastic in dealing with key issues of modernity, personal and national identity, relationship toward the other, gender configurations, and historical process. There will be a special focus on the Russian fantastic in the wider tradition of East European philosophical fantasy. Authors will include Gogol, Dostoevsky, Zamyatin, Bulgakov, Belyaev, Efremov, the brothers Strugatsky, Pelevin, and Tolstaya. No prior knowledge of Russian literature and culture is necessary.

Course Requirements:

Attendance at lectures, participation in class discussions, midterm and final.

RUSSIAN 365 - Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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Coursepack Location:
Coursepack is on Canvas.
ISBN: 9781613748282
Hard to be a God, Author: Strugat?s?kii?, Arkadii?, 1925-1991,
ISBN: 9781524704124
The Master and Margarita, Author: Bulgakov, Mikhail, 1891-1940,
ISBN: 9780812974621
We, Author: Zami?a?tin, Evgenii? Ivanovich, 1884-1937,
ISBN: 1440638012
The sacred book of the werewolf : a novel, Author: Pelevin, Victor., Publisher: Penguin Books 2014
ISBN: 9781468314151
Worlds apart : an anthol[o]gy of Russian fantasy and science fiction, Publisher: Overlook Duckworth 2007
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