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HUM 503 The Land of the Firebird: Introduction to Russian Culture

Course Description

Through lectures, readings and visual presentations, focus on the most significant manifestations of Russian culture in music, literature, ballet, photography, architecture and visual arts. Basic historical periods from the Kievan Rus to the Soviet Era will be covered. Topics include: the painting tradition from the icons of Andrei Rublev to the mysterious Black Square of Malevich; architectural masterpieces of St. Petersburgh, and Suzdal; lives and works of great poets and writers like Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Chekhov; music of Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky, and revolutionary visual constructivism of Rodchenko.

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