BLS 222: Notes from Underground: Resistance and Everyday Culture

This course provides students eager to understand Russia today with a more complex look at how people in Russia survived and sometimes even thrived in the years after Stalin’s death (1950s through 1980s). We will explore the everyday ways Soviet citizens responded to their government through literature, music, dress, and economic and consumer practices and compare these to similar practices in American culture of the same era.

Note: Course meets the Global Engagement and Intercultural Understanding through the Humanities and Fine Arts requirement of MAC.


Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (any edition)

Liudmila Petrushevskaya, There Once Lived a Mother Who Loved Her Children, Until They Moved Back In, ISBN 9780143121664

Victor Pelevin’s The Yellow Arrow, ISBN 9780811213554