Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
Utopian Thought in Russian Literature and Culture
Professor Svetlana Kobets
Office: 302 Decio Hall
Office Hours: MWF11:40-12:40
In this course we will explore Russia`s creative pursuit of utopia and dystopia reflected in masterpieces of its belle letters, social and political journalism and film. Our readings will include a variety of texts, ranging from the works by nineteen-century writers to works by modern and post-modern authors. The concepts under discussion will include utopia and dystopia, individual and communal, democracy, socialism, communism, revolution, totalitarianism and more. Among our authors will be film directors Vladimir Motyl, Vladimir Bortko and Andrei Tarkovskii and writers Vladimir Odoevskii, Fedor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Chernyshevskii, Lev Tolstoi, Aleksei Tolstoi, Vladimir Maiakovskii, Evgenii Zamiatin, Mikhail Bulgakov, Vladimir Voinovich, Venedikt Erofeev, Vasilii Aksenov, and Victor Pelevin. Prerequisite: RU 202 or RU 401 or equivalent.