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CULTBLF 38 - Apocalypse Then! Forging the Culture of Medieval Rus' or return to Course Catalog Search

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Faculty of Arts and SciencesGeneral EducationMichael Flier
TermDay and TimeLocation
Fall 2016-2017  (show academic calendar)MW   11:00 a.m. - 11:59 a.m.Barker 211 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
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When the natives of Medieval Rus (later Russians, Ukrainians, and Belarusians) accepted Orthodox Christianity in the 10th century, their nature-based paganism gave way to a powerfully sensual belief system that made good use of the visual and the verbal to prepare these newest Christians for the coming Apocalypse and Last Judgment. We investigate this transformation from the conversion of Saint Vladimir and the excesses of Ivan the Terrible through the Time of Troubles and the modern turn of Peter the Great. The class features close analysis of architecture, icons and frescoes, ritual, folklore, literature, and history to understand this shift in worldview, including the role of women. Special attention is devoted to the ways in which Medieval Rus is portrayed in film, opera, and ballet.

All readings in English. This course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education courses also engage substantially with Study of the Past.

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