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Russian & East European Languages and Literatures

Welcome to the Program of Russian and East European Languages and Literatures

  • Congratulations to Professor Van Buskirk, who was awarded the Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence this May!
  • Don’t miss our exciting Fall 2015 course offerings (most in English): Russian Literature and Revolution will explore the way Russian literature reflects the individual's experience during the tumultuous 20th century in Russia amidst a period of revolutions and radical transformations. Students will explore artistic movements of the October Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent literature suppressed by Stalinist policies, the "thaw" period following Stalin's death, the perestroika era (1985-1991), and the early post-Communist years. In Varieties of Nonconformism: Art and Power, students will study the intersection of art and politics and the ways artists respond to the notion of art as an instrument of political propaganda. The course will study the "nonconformist art" movement of the mid-1950s-1980s that developed in opposition to Socialist Realism, the official style of Soviet art developed in the mid-1930s, through a broad spectrum of media including painting, sculpture, children's book design, architecture, festivals, posters, and film. Our course on Tolstoy's War and Peace will focus on an in-depth reading of Leo Tolstoy's materpiece War and Peace about Napoleon's failed 1812 campaign against Russia and the numerous questions the texts raises about philosophy, history, and politics, and most importantly, how one lives a meaningful life as a private person and as a member of society. We are also very excited to offer in Russian! a newly revised America through Russian Eyes: Advanced Russian course dedicated to examining the Russian-American relationship through Russian eyes starting from the young communist era of the 1920s and 1930s through to the more recent flaring of animosities between the two in the context of U.S. sanctions against Russia and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The course will explore how our culture is viewed from the vantage point of another, but also how Russians defined their own culture as they commented on America. For full descriptions of all our Fall 2015 course offerings, click here!
  • Congratulations to Eliza Brennessel for her video project completed for Professor James McGavran's Spring 2014 course, Laughter Through Tears.
  • Congratulations to Eliza Desind (RU'13, major in English and minor in Comparative Literature), whose article "Friends and Allies?: Gogol’s Tale about the Two Ivans and the Politics of Russo-Ukrainian Relations" was published in the undergraduate Slavic Journal, The Birch. Eliza wrote this article while taking Prof. Bojanowska's course "The World According to Gogol". Click here to read her article!

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