Soviet Culture Topic and Posting Schedule

This document will evolve in accordance with the will of the collective. The most current information will be on the website (in the Red Corner section).

You need to post at least 5 times over the semester: 2 times before the first Midterm, and 3 times before the end of the term.

You should always respond to comments you get on your posts.


In addition, you must read and comment on at least 3 posts (written by other people) every time there is a posting opportunity. That means you need to read and comment on 3 posts even if you do not post yourself that week.

More detailed discussion is in the Soviet Culture for the Digital Age handout.

TLDNR: Post at least 5 times; Respond to comments on your posts; Read and comment on at least 3 posts every time there is a posting opportunity.

Week

Topic

Common Reading – Print Sources

Week 1

 T 8/21

 Th 8/23

 Intro / Pre-Revolutionary Heritage

 Fitzpatrick 1-39; RR 1-11, 40-53, 128-133 (Intro, Bathing, Buck Morss, Cooking)

Week 2

 T 8/28

 Th 8/30

The Avant-Garde

RR 13-15 (Scythians)

 Sun 9/2

Post (1-2): Realism and /or Commercial Culture / Avant-Garde

 

Week 3

 M 9/3

Questions of Soviet History

Comment on Posts (everyone)

⇒ Labor Day ⇐

 Fitzpatrick 40-120

 T 9/4

 Th 9/6

Week 4

 T 9/11

 Th 9/13

Questions of Soviet History (finish)

Bolshevik Visions / Revolutionary Cinema

 MC 3-120; RR 303-347

 Sun 9/16

Post (3)

Week 5

 M 9/17

 T 9/18

Entertainment vs. Enlightenment

Comment on Posts (everyone)

 RR 351-412

 Th 9/20

⇒ First Midterm ⇐

 

Week 6

 T 9/25

 Th 9/27

Cultural Revolution / War on Backwardness

MC 120-214 (Cultural Revolution); RR 413-440

Week 7

Joyful Songs / Heroes & Heroines

MC 215-286 (High Stalinism);

 M 10/1

 T 10/2

 Th 10/4

Sun 10/ 7

⇒ Drop Day ⇐

Post  (4)

 

 

 

Week 8

 M 10/8

 T 10/9

 Th 10/11

 Sun 10 / 14

Lady MacBeth

Comment on Posts (everyone)

Post (5)

 MC 287-330 (Purges); RR 441-486

Week 9

 M 10/15

 T 10/16

 Th 10/18

Purges and the Coming of War

Comment on Posts (everyone)

Fr 10/19

⇒ Fall Break <==

 

Week 10

 T 10/23

 Th 10/25

 Sun 10/28

Defending the Motherland

Guest speaker - Dr. Drozdova

Post (6)

 MC 333-407 (Russia at War); RR 487-532 (The War Years)

Week 11

 M 10/29

 T 10/30

 Th 11/1

 Sun 11/4

Finding the “Big Deal”

Comment on Posts (everyone)

Post (7)

 MC 411-489 (Postwar Era)

Week 12

 M 11/5

 T 11/6

 Th 11/8

Sun 11/11

Thaw

Comment on Posts (everyone)

Post (8)

 RR 533-568 (The Thaw)

Week 13

 T 11/13

 Th 11/15

Mature Socialism

⇒ 2nd Midterm ⇐

RR 615-665 (Life Under Advanced Socialism)

Thanksgiving Break

Week 14

 T 11/26

 Th 11/29

Things Fall Apart

 RR 663-696 (Things Fall Apart)

Week 15

 T 12/4

 F 12/7

Brave New Worlds

⇒ Final Self- Assessment Due ⇐