Course: Language of Power: Court Culture in Early Modern Europe and Russia, Kirill Ospovat, Spring Quarter

A new course is offered:

RUSS 24501/34501. Kirill Ospovat
4:30 – 5:50 PM on MW

Language of Power: Court Culture in Early Modern Europe and Russia

Crossing the disciplinary boundaries between social, political, cultural and literary history, as well as the symbolic divide between Russia and Western Europe, the course will explore early modern royal courts as crucial institutions of European culture. Rulers and the elites relied on symbolic resources of literature, philosophy and the arts to secure their growing political authority and broadcast values underpinning the existing social order. From the Renaissance on royal courts increasingly merged into a single pan-European sociocultural paradigm, which over centuries framed the political effort of rulers as remote as Louis XIV, King of France, and Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia, as well as creative work of artists, composers and writers as important as Rubens, Molière, Mozart, Goethe, and Derzhavin.

Absolutist social values and the modes of their cultural
(re)production at the courts of early modern Europe and Russia will be examined drawing on historical sources as well works of art, philosophy and science, but primarily concentrating on literature. Texts in English.

Cross-listing: HIST 23811/33811,GRMN 24511/34511,CMLT 24502/34502

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