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RU101 Russia: Introduction to the Language, Literature, Film (Pavlenko FYE): Home

Possible topics

  • Radishchev and the Russian Enlightenment 
  • Chaadaev and Nicholas I’s nationalism
  • Dostoevsky and the Russian Liberals
  • Tolstoy and the Russian Orthodox Church
  • Gorky and the Bolsheviks
  • Trotsky and Proletkult
  • Mayakovsky and the new Bolsheviks
  • Tsvetaeva and the status quo, abroad and in Russia 
  • Platonov and the Socialist Realism
  • Akhmatova and the Socialist Realism
  • Solzhenitsyn and Prison Literature
  • Prokhanov and the post-Soviet Russia
  • Politkovskaya, Limonov, Bykov and Putin’s Russia


From the syllabus: "In your final paper, cite at least four sources (one must be a journal) in addition to any of the books assigned for this course. Please include a Russian – English essential vocabulary (minimum of 30 words) at the end of your final essay."

If you haven't been assigned a particular citation style, pick one and stick with it:

You can get help in creating citations from librarians at the reference desk or from tutors at the Writing Center.

From the syllabus

Your research project will explore a characteristically Russian phenomenon—a dangerous, sometimes deadly, interaction between an artist (understood broadly—a writer, a musician, a film director) and the political authority.…Your task is to find out as much as you can about the artist’s life and articulate how his or her work challenged—while in some aspects also complied with—the dominant socio-political paradigm.  What were some of the sacred beliefs defied and challenged by the chosen work?  Why did the artist risk his or her career—and often life—to attack these values? What is the historical significance, the legacy, of the chosen work?

. . .

Your final essay (12-15 pages, due Oct. 14) should focus on a text (a work of art) that was crucial in the artist’s challenge to his/her socio-political environment.  You should demonstrate a thorough familiarity of your narrow topic and offer an original analysis, whose purpose is to answer an important question that propelled your research. 

Use Tiger to find books & more at Colorado College

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Tiger, the CC library catalog, will tell you what we own (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) or subscribe to (journals, databases, etc.) at Colorado College. It will not help you find articles in journals.

Use Prospector to request books & more from across Colorado

If you can't find a book, DVD, CD, or other item you need in Tiger, you can use Prospector to search libraries across Colorado and then request that they be sent to the Tutt Library circulation desk for you to check out here.

Article databases

Humanities Librarian

Steve Lawson
1021 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs CO 80903

Online dictionary

Tutt Library contains many Russian and Russian-English dictionaries--check the call numbers that start with "PG" in both the reference book stacks and the circulating stacks in the basement.

Online, we have Oxford Language Dictionaries, which includes Russian as one of their languages. It's probably most useful as a searchable dictionary, but the Russian section also contains grammar tools and other helpful sections.

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