Follow the Ruble: Money in Russian Literature and Culture

RUSSIAN 318

Reading Russian literature through the lens of economics. Money as a driving plot principle in fiction from the 1600s to the present day. The profit motive underlying Russian artistic depictions of criminality . Gamblers, rogues, smugglers, thieves, tycoons, oligarchs, and "New Russian" entrepreneurs as protagonists. Swindling and black marketeering as the underside of an economic system that condemns capitalism and the "middleman." Financial dealings as a battlefield between Russian and Western cutural values. Students are encouraged to do course projects applying economic analytical models to literary texts and films.

Explore the culture and customs of these countries: 
Russian Federation
Faculty: 

Carol Apollonio

Crosslisting Numbers: 
ECON 213
Areas of Knowledge: 
ALP
Modes of Inquiry: 
CCI, EI
Film, Visual & Performing Arts?
No
Literature in Translation?
No