Soviet History through Film and Fiction

History 103B.003

Spring 2016
204 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 200-400

The class is devoted to the relationship between fact and fiction in Soviet history. We will discuss novels, short stories, and movies that attempt to represent life in twentieth-century Russia, from the eve of the revolution to the aftermath of the fall of communism. The authors we will be reading include Isaac Babel, Andrei Platonov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Yuri Trifonov, and Venedikt Erofeev. Requirements: participation in discussion and weekly 1-page essays.

Course Books

Moscow to the End of the Line by Erofeev, Venedikt Northwestern UP. ISBN: 978-0810112001 Required
Another Life and The House on the Embankment by Trifonov, Yuri Northwestern UP. ISBN: 978-0810115705 Required
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn, Alexander NAL Trade; Reprint edition . ISBN: 978-0451228147 Required
The Foundation Pit by Platonov, Andrey NYRB Classics . ISBN: 978-1590173053 Required
How the Steel Was Tempered by Ostrovsky, Nikolai BookRix . ISBN: ASIN: B00KKQ9B3Q Required
Heart of a Dog by Bulgakov, Mikhail Dramatists Play Service, Inc.. ISBN: 978-0822205074 Required
The Twelve Chairs by Ilf, Ilya Northwestern UP. ISBN: 978-0810127722 Required
Red Cavalry and Other Stories by Babel, Isaac Penguin Classics. ISBN: 978-0140449976 Required
The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States by Suny, Ronald Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195340556 Required
The White Guard by Bulgakov, Mikhail Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300151459 Required