Welcome to the Program of Russian and East European Languages and Literatures

  • Don’t miss our excellent spring offerings in Russian Literature and Culture for Spring 2015 (most in English): Money for Nothing: The Economics of Russian Literature will explore such topics as class, ownership and property, slavery, exchange, gambling, hoarding, prostitution, charity and gift-giving, theft, and squandering as they are given shape in the Russian canon. In The World According to Gogol, students will explore Nikolai Gogol's artistic universe, which is filled with grotesque transformations, narrative red herrings, supernatural occurences, pervasive irony, unreliable narrators, and perplexing shifts in the customary meanings of words and actions. Our course on Tolstoy will cover the major works of one of the greatest Russian nineteenth-century writers, who was also one of the most contradictory. The energetic conflicts that are rife within both his persona and his work make for extremely compelling and exciting study. Students in the course Gender & Sexuality in Russian Literature will explore how gender and sexuality have been culturally constructed in different periods of Russian cultural history - from an 18th-century "cavalry maiden" all the way to the performance artists of today in the group Pussy Riot. Finally, students with some knowledge of Russian are welcome to sign up for Reading Russian Literature in Russian, where they will acquire the tools they need to read, analyze, and interpret literary texts in Russian - with poems and short excerpts from authors such as Pushkin, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Akhmatova, and Brodsky. Click here for more information!
  • Congratulations to Eliza Brennessel for her video project completed for Professor James McGavran's Spring 2014 course, Laughter Through Tears.
  • Congratulations to Eliza Desind (RU'13, major in English and minor in Comparative Literature), whose article "Friends and Allies?: Gogol’s Tale about the Two Ivans and the Politics of Russo-Ukrainian Relations" was published in the undergraduate Slavic Journal, The Birch. Eliza wrote this article while taking Prof. Bojanowska's course "The World According to Gogol". Click here to read her article!
  • Professor Edyta Bojanowska has been profiled on the www.rutgers.edu homepage - read all about her current research on the multiethnic world of the 19th century Russian empire here!

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