The Soviet Union on the Eve of the End: Film, Fiction, Music (Proseminar in European History)

History 103B.002

Fall 2016
2303 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 4-6P

We will try to understand the Soviet collapse by looking at late-Soviet culture. Requirements include 5-minute reports (10%); class discussion (40%), and 1.5-page responses to weekly assignments (50%).

Course Books

A School for Fools by Sokolov, Sasha NYRB Classics; Main edition (November 17, 2015). ISBN: 978-1590178461 Required
The Experimental Group: Ilya Kabakov, Moscow Conceptualism, Soviet Avant-Gardes by Jackson, Matthew Jesse University Of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226317960 Required
Another Life and The House on the Embankment by Trifonov, Yuri Northwestern University Press. ISBN: 978-0810115705 Required
Chtenia 31: Okudzhava Bilingual by Okudzhava, Bulat CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Bilingual edition (June 30, 2015). ISBN: 978-1514774496 Required
Unfinished Flight: Selected Songs of Vladimir Vysotsky by Vysotsky, Vladimir CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2011). ISBN: 978-1440439919 Required
Stories from a Siberian Village by Shukshin, Vasily Northern Illinois University Press. ISBN: 978-0875805726 Required