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FIF 119 The Land of the Firebird: Introduction to Russian Culture

Course Description

This course will introduce you—through lectures, readings and visual presentations—to 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. Some of the subjects covered include: the painting tradition from the icons of Andrei Rublev to the mysterious Black Square of Kazimir Malevich; architectural masterpieces of St.Petersburgh, Moscow, and Suzdal; lives and works of great poets and writers like Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov; music of Modest Musorgsky, Piotr Tchaikovsky, and Igor Stravinsky; revolutionary constructivism of Aleksander Rodchenko and innovative filmography of Sergei Eisenstein.


There is a 20% reduced fee for students 65 years of age or older at the time of registration. You must register by phone (403-220-2952) or in person to receive this discount.

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