RUSS-470 Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York.
Offered academic year 2011-2012
Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York. Americans and America in Russian Film and Literature.
“I am going to America”, announces Svidrigailov in Dostoevsky's novel “Crime and Punishment” and commits suicide. “America, the land of dreams, We have been taught to love your forbidden fruit”,- sings the legendary rockgroup “Nautilus” in the 80s. Dream, enemy, model, rival, refuge, object of desire – in the 20^th century America used to play all these roles for Russian reader. We will explore this controversial ever-changing image reading the texts by Korolenko, Mayakovsky, Esenin, Shaginyan, Ilf and Petrov, Dovlatov, Brodsky and watching the cult films “Circus” “The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks”, “Brother-2”. The course is conducted in English, mainly in form of discussions.
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