“Mothers and Daughters in Russian Literature and Culture”
(Russian 220 A), Spring 2018
Instructor: Veronica Muskheli, PhC,
Time: MTuWThF 12:30-1:20 pm Location: Denny Hall 213
Office: Padelford Hall, A215 Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 pm and by appointment Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The course, taught in English, explores mother-daughter pairs in Russian folklore and literature. It examines relatively short works—folktales, novellas, shorts stories, narrative poems, plays, and films—from the point of view of psychoanalytical, Jungian, feminist, queer, and gender theory within the Russian cultural context.
The class meets every day for lectures and active discussions. In preparation for each class, students read and re-read primary texts and critical literature that provides theoretical frameworks for interpretation of the texts. Students examine excerpts in close-reading workshops conducted on Wednesdays, write short one-page responses regularly throughout the quarter to turn them in on Fridays, and produce a 5- to 7-page final paper based on one of their weekly responses.