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Spring 2021 Russian GU4046 section 001
The Trickster in the Modern Russian Lit
The Trickster in the Mode

Call Number 10137
Day & Time
TR 11:40am-12:55pm
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Mark Leiderman
Course Description “Trickster” does not simply mean “deceiver” or “rogue” (the definition of trickster according to the Oxford Encyclopedic English Dictionary), but rather “creative idiot”, to use Lewis Hyde’s expression. This hero unites the qualities of characters who at first sight have little in common — the “selfish buffoon” and the “culture hero”; someone whose subversions and transgressions paradoxically amplify the culture-constructing effects of his (and most often it is a “he”) tricks. The trickster is a typical comic protagonist – it is enough to recollect Renard the Fox from the medieval Roman de Renard, Panurge from François Rabelais’ The Life of Gargantua and of Pantagruel, Cervantes’ Sanch–ĺ Panza, Beaumarchais’s Figaro, Gogol’s Khlestakov, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Yaroslav Hašek’s Švejk, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks’ Producers, Bart Simpson and Borat (Sacha Baron Cohen), as well as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert along with many other comical characters of the same genre – to confirm this self-evident thesis
Web Site Vergil
Department Slavic Languages
Enrollment 0 students (45 max) as of 9:04PM Monday, November 30, 2020
Subject Russian
Number GU4046
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Schools of the Arts, Barnard College, Columbia College, Engineering:Undergraduate, Engineering:Graduate, GSAS, General Studies, SIPA, Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211RUSS4046W001

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