Russian 408

Russian Decadent and Symbolist Culture in a European Context

Full course for one semester. The course investigates Russian Decadent and Symbolist literature in a broad European context. We will study the philosophical foundations of Decadent culture (Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Solov'ev); the preoccupation with "degeneration," common in the European science of the fin-de-siècle (Krafft-Ebing, Weininger); the "aestheticism" (J. K. Huysmans, Oscar Wilde); and the interpretations of sexuality (André Gide, Thomas Mann). The Russian component of the reading includes the works of Zinaida Gippius, Viacheslav Ivanov, Fedor Sologub, Mikhail Kuzmin, Evdokiia Nagrodskaia, Aleksandr Blok, and Andrei Bely. This course will emphasize a research component: a research paper will be due at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: students who wish to take the course for Russian credit must have completed Russian 220 or obtain the consent of the instructor. Conference. Cross-listed as Literature 408.

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