In this class, we will enter the world of Russian medieval folk epics, larger-than-life heroes, lives of saints and holy fools, and tales of socialist realism to explore not just their origin, interpretations, and traditions, but also their close relationship with contemporary Russia and the Russian state propaganda machine.
We will examine such diverse narratives as Yevgeny Shvarts’ play “The Dragon,” Eugene Vodolazkin’s novel “Laurus,” and contemporary Russian state propaganda video clips.
Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and teaches Russian literature and culture in the Chicago area.
- James Bailey and Tatyana Ivanova, An Anthology of Russian Folk Epics. Routledge, 1998. ISBN: 978-0873326414
- Eugene Vodolazkin, Laurus. A Oneworld Book, 2015. ISBN: 978-1780748719
- Marina Balina, Helena Coscilo, and Mark Lipovetsky, Politicizing Magic: An Anthology of Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales. Northwestern University Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-0810120327
- Linda J. Ivanits, Russian Folk Belief. Routledge, 2014. ISBN: 978-0873328890
- Please read “Svyatogor” and “Epics about Ilya Muromets” for the first session.
Cost and Registration
Eight sessions, $305 ($274.50 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
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