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Spring 2021 Comparative Literature: Russian GR6101 section 001
Between History and Story: (Post) Memori
Between History & Story

Call Number 11143
Day & Time
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
To be announced
Points 1
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Maria Stepanova
Course Description One can easily call current times an age of memory and postmemory. The past, its relics and losses, its complicated ways of changing the present are evolving into a new cult – something that strongly defines our perception of reality. The receding border between the fiction and non-fiction writing, between the novel and autofiction, between writing and contemporary art once more turns literature into a realm of ongoing challenge. The documentary history of mankind (and the small-scale, intimate memories of its ordinary representatives) was never so important and influential. Non-fiction writing, from W.G. Sebald to Svetlana Alexievich, is becoming the main influence, echoed in dozens of other books, good and bad, but always facing the past as a main destination – making way into the lost world of previous generations. Could we apply the global trend to the field of contemporary Russian-language literature? How does post-memorial sensibility work in the frame of post-Soviet space with its troubled history and a sequence of traumas, visible and suppressed? The obsession with the past, the growing interest in personal accounts, the multiplicity of voices and stories – how does all that manifest itself in current literary context, from prose to non-fiction and poetry?
Web Site Vergil
Department Slavic Languages
Enrollment 0 students (25 max) as of 2:03PM Monday, November 23, 2020
Subject Comparative Literature: Russian
Number GR6101
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211CLRS6101G001

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