Instructor: Dr. Ilya Vinitsky

Department of Slavic Languages

                                                                  University of Pennsylvania

 

Russ /Complit 197

 

THE RED FLOWER:

Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture

 

In his eyes, this flower was the incarnation of evil on the earth. It was steeped in blood, in all the blood shed wrongfully in the world! Gorged with the blood, the gall and the tears of humanity, it stood triumphant. This flower was a terrible and mysterious being, the adversary of God, Arimanes, who had clothed himself in a form of innocent and modest seeming. The flower had to be plucked and bruised to powder. Vsevolod Garshin. The Red Flower (1883)

SYLLABUS

 

MAJOR TOPICS:

1.    Madness and Madmen in Western Philosophy

2.    Madness and Madmen in Western Painting

3.    Madness and Madmen in Russian Painting

4.    Madness and Madmen in Russian Literature:

5.    Madness and Russian Music

6.      Madness and Madmen in Russian Cinema

7.      Madness and revolution