Russian Language & Literature

Русский язык и русская литература в Рид–колледже

Study Abroad & Immersion Language Study

Reed campus
American students, studying at St. Petersburg's Smolny College, including Madeline Kinkel'14, Chang Woo Seo'14, Amanda Strenz'14, Bernadette Clark'14, Olivia Capozzalo'14, and Keegan Covey'14 with Alexei Kudrin, Russia's former finance minister (2000-11) and the Smolny College Dean, and Darya Pushkina'95, Smolny's Associate Dean. Fall 2012.

Recommended Reading List

Practical Information

  • The Rough Guide to Moscow, Stephen Keeling (London, 2008).
    The Rough Guide to St. Pe­tersburg, by Dan Richardson (London, 2008).
    Both offer good advice, reliable historical summaries, maps, subway plans, descriptions of museum collections, neighborhoods.
  • Eloise M. Boyle and Genevra Gerhart, The Russian Context: The Culture behind the Language (Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers, 2002, CD-ROM disk).
  • Langenscheidt's Pocket Dictionary: Russian - English / English - Russian (2006)

General Histories

  • Geoffrey Hosking, Russia and the Russians: A History (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2001).
  • Robert Service, A History of Twentieth-Century Russia (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1998).

Cultural Histories

  • Orlando Figes, Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (New York: Picador, 2003).
  • Catriona Kelly, Refining Russia: Advice Literature, Polite Culture, and Gender from Catherine to Yeltsin. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • Nicholas Rzhevsky, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Modern Russian Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998).
  • Nancy Ries, Russian Talk: Cultural and Conversation during Perestroika. (Cornell University Press: Ithaca and London, 1997).
  • James A. Billington, The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture (New York: Vintage Books, 1970).

Topical Histories

  • William C. Brumfield, A History of Russian Architecture, 2nd ed. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2004)
  • Theofanis George Stavrou, ed., Art and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Russia (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1983.
  • Camilla Grey, The Great Experiment: Russian Art, 1863-1922 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1962).
  • Victor Terras, A History of Russian Literature (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991).
  • Richard Taruskin, Defining Russia Musically (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997).
  • Looking West: Cultural Globalization and Russian Youth Culture (Post-Communist Cultural Studies). Editor: Hilary Pilkington (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003).
  • Classic Russian Cooking: Elena Molokhovets' "A Gift to Young Housewives" (Indiana University Press, 1998).