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RUSS 220/420 / GEOG 295A: Animals in Russian Culture
RUSS 220/420 / GEOG 295A: Animals in Russian Culture

RUSS 220/420/GEOG 295A 

Animals in Russian Culture 

Winter 2017 

  • Instructor: Jose Alaniz
  • W/F 12:30 - 2:20 
  • SLN 19807 

This course surveys the Russian representation of animals, including folklore, the novel, the short story, painting and film. Among the topics we will consider: the shifting human-animal boundary, sentimentality and nature in the Anthropocene, as we apply insights from Critical Animal Studies to some key questions of 19th/20th/21st-century Russian culture. 



Polish Poster Art: Visual Metaphors of Freedom Behind the Iron Curtain 

  • MW 2:30 - 4:20 
  • Raitt Hall, Room 116 
  • SLN 19372 
  • VLPA 
  • Instructor: Izabela Gabrielson 

Throughout over 40 years of communism in Poland, poster art was undoubtedly one of the most interesting forms of resistance. The Polish Poster School revolutionized poster design and introduced a visual language built on metaphors, wit, humor, and hidden messages. Generations that followed drew heavily on that tradition. This course will survey the most important trends and artists in the field of poster art, against the backdrop of Socialist Realism as well as the changes in the art of design taking place in the US during the reign of Push Pin Studios. It will follow Polish poster art through the collapse of communism into the promised land of democracy, and explore what this change meant to artists working in this genre. 

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