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Osterman, Laura Olson Professor

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  • Dr. Osterman researches the folk culture of Russia and Bulgaria, including the intersections of folk culture and women's subjectivity and the ideological uses of folklore in the construction of national, religious and ethnic identities.

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  • ITAL 2271 - Space, Invention, and Wonder in Fairy Tales, Literature and Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the themes of space, invention, technology and wonder in fairy tales from Italian, Russian, French, German, and Spanish traditions in order to compare their transformation in different national and historical settings. Students analyze the intersection of fairy tales and science in literature and film. Counts for the Space Minor. Taught in English. Same as RUSS 2271.
  • RUSS 2231 - Fairy Tales of Russia
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides a general introduction to fairy tales including various theoretical approaches to classifying and interpreting them; introduces students to a wide selection of Russian folk and fairy tales. Examines the cultural, social and political values they reflect, as well as the continuing influence of fairy tales and folk beliefs in Russian literature, music, folk art, and film, and in the political propaganda of the 20th century. Taught in English.
  • RUSS 2271 - Space, Invention, and Wonder in Fairy Tales, Literature and Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Explores the themes of space, invention, technology and wonder in fairy tales from Italian, Russian, French, German, and Spanish traditions in order to compare their transformation in different national and historical settings. Students analyze the intersection of fairy tales and science in literature and film. Counts for the Space Minor. Taught in English. Same as ITAL 2271.
  • RUSS 4471 - Women in 20th-21st Century Russian Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines issues facing women in 20th-21st century Russia, based on study of current events, history, literature, posters and film. Studies images of women as Amazons and rebels, salon hostesses and poets, New Soviet Women and women in combat, prostitutes and mothers. Taught in English. Recommended prerequisite: lower level literature or culture course. Same as WGST 4471 and RUSS 5471.
  • RUSS 5110 - Slavic Culture and Society
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines important ideologies and myths in Slavic societies, with emphasis on contemporary movements and their reinterpretation of history. Acquaints students with major tools for study of cultures of Eastern Europe and the post-Soviet states: research methods, bibliography, transliteration, critical thinking and writing skills. Required for Russian MA.
  • RUSS 5471 - Women in 20th-21st Century Russian Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines issues facing women in 20th-21st century Russia, based on study of current events, history, literature, posters and film. Studies images of women as Amazons and rebels, salon hostesses and poets, New Soviet Women and women in combat, prostitutes and mothers. Taught in English. Formerly GSLL 5471. Same as RUSS 4471 and WGST 4471.
  • WGST 4471 - Women in 20th-21st Century Russian Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines issues facing women in 20th-21st century Russia, based on study of current events, history, literature, posters and film. Studies images of women as Amazons and rebels, salon hostesses and poets, New Soviet Women and women in combat, prostitutes and mothers. Taught in English. Recommended prerequisite: lower level literature or culture course. Same as RUSS 4471 and RUSS 5471.

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