Revolution: Art, Cinema, and Literature in Russia
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Course Number: NCST 3600
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
The Russian Revolution of 1917 unleashed an unprecedented wave of experimentation and creativity in literature, painting, photography, design, architecture, and music that is still with us. Within the historical context of 1917, this course looks at the achievements and failures of those who attempted to create new forms of art to reflect the revolutionary consciousness of the time. Major topics include the utopian dreams of the revolutionary generation; the belief in the possibility of a better world, and the role of the avant-garde in constructing that world; the iconoclastic and sometimes nihilistic rejection of the past that characterized much of the utopian project; the extension of revolutionary culture into all aspects of Russian life; the devolution of the utopian dream into a nightmare in the late 1920s and 1930s; and ways the legacy of the Russian avant-garde survives today.