Naomi Caffee holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her arrival at U of A, she worked as a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures, where she taught courses such as "Nuclear Literatures," "Multicultural Russia," " Eurasia in Five Meals," and "Language, Power, and Identity in the Post-Communist World." Her research interests include postcolonial approaches to Russian and Central Asian literatures, indigenous literature, global and transnational studies, ecocriticism, and literary translation.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Russian / Slavic Studies
For the student with no previous experience in Russian.
This course is designed to familiarize students with Russia--its culture, history, politics, economy, peoples, languages, traditions, and role in the world today. Upon completion of the course students will be able to understand and discuss intelligently past and current events relating to Russia. They also will have gained a familiarity with the many perspectives available for studying a country that continues to play a significant role in world events. And beyond all this, they should have a good background for discussion of major events relating to Russia and problems in the twentieth-century world.
The course will examine supernatural figures who find their folkloric and historical origins in the Slavic and East European tradition. Through legends, chronicles, novels, films, and music, the course will consider how and why these creatures come to reflect contemporary fears.