Fall 2013 class: Disability in Russian Culture
RUSS 420, Disability in Russian Culture. T/Th 2:30-4:20, 5 credits. Instructor: Jose Alaniz.
What is “disability”? What is “health”? What is “normal”? What is a “body”? This course will examine how these questions have historically been answered in Russia and its cultural productions involving disability, focusing on 19th -21st-century literature and art. Among our topics: the grotesque, the “holy fool” and the “cult of suffering.” We conclude with a consideration of the disabled in late/post-Soviet Russia – a (still-ongoing) historical moment in which discourses of disability have reached unprecedented levels– and ponder the future of disability rights in Russia.