RUSS190-000: Fresh Seminar: Russian

Topic: The "Mad" Russian

August 24, 2016 - December 6, 2016
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
2:30pm - 3:45pm
New Psyc Bldg 250 (36 Eagle Ro
Apkarian, Juliette R.
Appropriate for First Year students.

Fall or spring as needed. Focus on special aspects of Russian culture or language.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

Recent actions by Russia have shocked the world, raising new concerns of a post-Cold War “madness.” Media reports and popular TV series like The Americans reflect such concerns, but what does this “madness” really mean? And how might Russians themselves understand “madness”? While Russia’s history is often associated with “Mad Russians” like Ivan the Terrible and Stalin, this course seeks to examine “madness” as a complex framework not only to interpret but also to manipulate personal, national, and international conflicts and crises of identity. Our seminar will explore key figures and events from Russia’s past to the present from this view, including “madness” as a metaphor for political, cultural, and social dissent. Our approach will be evidence-based, drawing on interdisciplinary and multi-media materials.   Such materials will include films, commercials, stories by artists like Dostoevsky, and political writings by leaders like Lenin and Vladimir Putin.


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