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The Post-Soviet Word, Image and Memory (Ordinary) (ELCR09001)


European Languages and Cultures - Russian Studies





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In order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s)

Course Summary

The course provides an approach to post-Soviet Russian culture through a consideration of different media, including literature, cinema, television and newspapers. It encourages an interdisciplinary approach to post-Soviet Russian culture and, through textual analysis, the development of reading skills in Russian. The emphasis on individual project work enables students to pursue aspects of the subject that are of particular interest to them, while gaining the perspective offered by the wider cultural context.

Course Description

The course will study several important films, paintings, monuments, media texts and literary texts in order to analyse the most significant cultural and political trends that emerged in the post-Soviet period. The course will examine the relevance of established postmodernist theoretical and semiotic approaches to Russian culture of the 1990s-2000s. Through a close textual study of key texts and artefacts of the post-Soviet period, this option aims to foster an understanding of the ways writers, artists, educationalists and journalists engage with contemporary society and culture to produce texts, programmes, artefacts and films that contribute to the construction of new identities, the ongoing reinvention of the past and to the preservation of collective and personal memories. It will examine: (i) why the texts, films and other artefacts can be defined as postmodernist and post utopian; and (ii) how they reject, engage with and/or critique the changing social, political and cultural landscape of Russia in the 1990s-2010s.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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