Anastasiia Gordiienko holds an M.A. degree in Cultural Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland (2014) and a Ph.D. degree in Slavic Literature, Film, and Cultural Studies from the Ohio State University (2018). Her interests lie in the intersection of Russian politics, history, culture, and identity. Currently she is completing a monograph that covers the progression of the shanson (Russian underworld music) from a subcultural expression to a commercially successful vein of contemporary music and also delves into some manifestations of a paradoxical quid pro quo synergy between the shanson and Putin’s politics. Dr. Gordiienko’s secondary interest embraces the issue of collective remembering: her ongoing empirical study, “Memories of Generations” (Pamiatʹ pokolenii), investigates the role of collective memory in Russian and Ukrainian national self-identity and intergenerational transmission of memories for these nations.
This course comprises four categories of texts, both verbal and visual: (1) a survey of Russian demonology, which illustrates the animistic nature of Russian popular beliefs about the world that persist to this day; (2) a large selection of the best-known Russian fairy tales, to be compared with German and English tales; (3) scholarly articles analyzing the differences between folklore and literature and representing various theoretical/critical schools: Structuralism, Marxism, Freudianism; and feminism; (4) literary fairy tales. Visual materials (film, paintings, graphics, and handicrafts) and music inspired by Russian folklore and fairy tales figure regularly in the course.
Readings and discussion in English of representative Russian literary works from the 20th century.