Second cycle programme of Russian culture should build further on the levels of the competences reached at the first cycle, as well as deepen the student's training, the ability to independently formulate objectives of academic and applied research in the subject area.
Expected learning outcomes
The second level student should be able to demonstrate: - a deeper level of knowledge of Cultural Studies applied to Russian culture; - a deeper level of knowledge of the evolution of Russian culture in a diachronic perspective and in its relationship to other cultures; - the ability to produce a competent analysis of different cultural texts - the ability to use the fundamental bibliography in independent research or applied activities.
In the course the following topics, among others, will be treated: the October Revolution; the institution of the new government and the first decrees; the Costituent Assembly; the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk; the red terror; the civil war; the war communism; the anti-bolshevik rebellions; the cultural and literary life after 1917; the art of the political poster. Apart from that, particular aspects of Soviet politics and culture in the 1920ies will be discussed: the New Economic Policy; the restructuring of the State; the consolidation of the Soviet regime; the struggle for the power in the Communist Party, the cultural situation in the 1920ies; the "philosophy steamer"; the main literary currents; the constructivism in art and photography; the development of literary theory; the Soviet cinema.
Prerequisites for admission
1) Gian Piero Piretto. Quando c'era l'URSS. 70 anni di storia culturale sovietica. Milano: Raffaello Cortina Editore, 2018. P. 1-163. 2) Giovanna Cigliano: La Russia: un profilo storico. Roma: Carocci, 2013. P. 109-153. 3) PowerPoint presentations. The PowerPoint presentations used in the course will be present on the platform Ariel.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in an oral colloquy on the contents of the course.