Food in Russia
RELYING ON THE CRITICAL WRITINGS OF FOOD STUDIES SCHOLARS SUCH AS MICHAEL POLLAN AND OTHERS, WE WILL CONSIDER FOOD IN THE RUSSIAN CONTEXT, FROM THE
MIDDLE AGES TO POST-SOVIET ERA, DELVING INTO SUCH MATTERS AS TABLE MANNERS; EXCESS; HOLIDAYS; VEGETARIANISM; COMMUNAL DINING; SOVIET HOMEECONOMICS; AND HUNGER THROUGHOUT RUSSIAN HISTORY.
This course examines food in Russian literature, cinema, art, and memoir. Relying on the critical writings of food studies scholars such as Michael Pollan and others, we will consider food in the Russian context, from the Middle Ages to Post-Soviet era, delving into such matters as table manners; excess; holidays; vegetarianism; communal dining; Soviet home economics; and hunger throughout Russian history.