RUSS-487 Imaginary Worlds in Literature and Film
Offered academic year 2014-2015
"Imaginary Worlds” in Twentieth-Century Literature and Film (conducted in English)
This course will focus on the mysterious, irrational, and fantastic: on
Russian science fiction and fairy tales. We will discuss various genres of
science fiction - utopia/antiutopia, adventure story and fantasy – and
examine relations between fantasy and reality, multiple worlds as
different text strata in postmodernist works, and the imaginary world as a
model object of social fears and desires. The capitalist world as a
fictional/fictive realm from the point of view of a Soviet citizen, the
land of the dead, other planets – all these imaginary places are our
objects of interest. We will analyze how literature is translated into
visual language, using the example of Strugatskys' “Roadside Picnic” and
Tarkovsky's film “Stalker”. Readings include novels and stories by
Zamyatin, Platonov, Grin, Shvarts, Efremov, the Strugatsky Brothers,
Voinovich, Pelevin, Makanin, Petrushevskaya. Films used range from early
Soviet science fiction (“Aelita”) to the latest blockbuster “Night
Watch”). (Taught in English; satisfies the HUMW-II requirement.)
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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