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Fall 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
RUSS B001-001Elementary Russian IntensiveSemester / 1.5Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 1
In Person
Dept. staff
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 1
In Person
Lecture: 6:10 PM- 7:00 PM WDalton Hall 300
In Person
RUSS B101-001Intermediate RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFRussian Center Seminar Room
In Person
Vergara,J., Vergara,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHRussian Center Seminar Room
In Person
RUSS B201-001Advanced RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Walsh,I., Walsh,I.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 212A
In Person
RUSS B222-001Language Policy Issues and the Russophone WorldSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHDalton Hall 212E
In Person
Walsh,I.
RUSS B237-001Crime or Punishment: Russian Narratives of IncarcerationSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWRussian Center Conference Room
In Person
Vergara,J.
RUSS B317-001Power and the Poet: Resistance and Otherness in Russian, SovSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 13
In Person
Rojavin,M.
RUSS B319-001Advanced Russian through Current EventsSemester / 0.5Lecture: 4:15 PM- 6:15 PM TDalton Hall 212E
In Person
Walsh,I.
RUSS B390-001Russian for Pre-Professionals ISemester / 1Lecutre: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCarpenter Library 17
In Person
Rojavin,M.
RUSS B398-001Senior EssaySemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM TRussian Center Seminar Room
In Person
Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ITAL B216-001Body and MindSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWOld Library 116
In Person
Benetollo,C.

Spring 2022

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION / INSTRUCTION MODE INSTR(S)
RUSS B002-001Elementary Russian IntensiveSemester / 1.5Lecture: 8:10 AM- 9:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 1
In Person
Dept. staff
Lecture: 7:55 AM- 8:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 1
In Person
Lecture: 6:10 PM- 7:00 PM WDalton Hall 1
In Person
RUSS B102-001Intermediate RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFIn PersonVergara,J., Vergara,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHIn Person
RUSS B106-001Intensive Survival RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Walsh,I.
RUSS B202-001Advanced RussianSemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Walsh,I., Walsh,I.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHDalton Hall 212A
In Person
RUSS B227-001Eurasia and its Ecology: Cultural & Historical PerspectivesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWIn PersonVergara,J.
RUSS B235-001The Social Dynamics of RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHDalton Hall 212A
In Person
Walsh,I.
RUSS B277-001Nabokov in TranslationSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHIn PersonHarte,T.
RUSS B391-001Russian for Pre-Professionals IISemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFBettws Y Coed 127
In Person
Rojavin,M.
RUSS B399-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM TIn PersonDept. staff, TBA
RUSS B399-002Senior ConferenceSemester / 1In Person
ITAL B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHOld Library 224
In Person
Bozzato,D.
ITAL B318-001Falling Statues: myth-making in literature, politics and artSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM MOld Library 116
In Person
Benetollo,C.

Fall 2022

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2021-22 Catalog Data

RUSS B001 Elementary Russian Intensive
Fall 2021
Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work.
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RUSS B002 Elementary Russian Intensive
Spring 2022
Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work.
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RUSS B101 Intermediate Russian
Fall 2021
Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Five hours a week
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RUSS B102 Intermediate Russian
Spring 2022
Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Five hours a week.
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RUSS B106 Intensive Survival Russian
Spring 2022
This course will be an intensive "crash" course in Russian for those enrolled in the 360 who have no prior experience studying or speaking Russian (those in the 360 who have studied the Russian language in the past will be expected to take a concurrent Russian language course at the College). This course will entail 5 hrs./week of elementary language instruction in Russian, with special emphasis on speaking skills needed for the trip.

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RUSS B201 Advanced Russian
Fall 2021
Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week.
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RUSS B202 Advanced Russian
Spring 2022
Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week.
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RUSS B216 The Soviet Thaw and Its Culture
Not offered 2021-22
Named by famed Soviet writer Ilya Ehrenburg, the Thaw (Ottepel) was a brief period in Soviet history spanning the late 1950s and early 1960s, when social, political and cultural changes led to more openness and freedom in Soviet society. This course focuses on this brief, yet consequential time in Soviet history. The main text for the course will be the 2013 TV series The Thaw (dir. Valery Todorovsky). As we watch this show, we will discuss its major conflicts and the characters' lives, and we will look into all the allusions to various Soviet texts and realia. As such, we will explore Stalin's repressions, de-Stalinization, the rehabilitation of Stalin's political prisoners, Gagarin's orbiting of the Earth, the Cold War, Khrushchev's policies during the Thaw, artistic movements, government censorship, and fashion. Through articles, literary and non-literary texts, documentaries and feature films, in addition to the TV series, participants in this course will expand their understanding of this time period in Soviet history and Russian culture in general. Participants will also compare and contrast culturally-accepted norms, behaviors, and taboos in Soviet Russia to those characteristic of contemporary Russian society. All texts and class interaction will be in Russian.
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RUSS B217 The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky
Not offered 2021-22
This course will probe the cinematic oeuvre of the great Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who produced some of the most compelling, significant film work of the 20th century. Looking at not only Tarkovsky's films but also those films that influenced his work, we will explore the aesthetics, philosophy, and ideological pressure underlying Tarkovsky's unique brand of cinema.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B218 The Coming-Of-Age Novel in 19th-century Europe
Not offered 2021-22
We will study a selection of nineteenth-century French, English, and Russian novels that are concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist. These are novels that imagine the often difficult compromise between individual aspirations and the drive towards social integration. We will think about why the Bildungsroman - or, coming-of-age novel - turned out to be one of the most productive and popular literary forms of nineteenth-century Europe. We will study works by such authors as Pushkin, Balzac, Stendhal, Charlotte Brontë, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Goncharov, Tolstoy, Flaubert and others. (Content will vary somewhat each time the course is offered.) We will think about the depiction of childhood and early adulthood; families; national and imperial polities and politics; the relationship between geographic, social, and economic mobility; domestic and professional selves and spaces; gender and sexuality.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B219 Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol - Russian Romantics?
Not offered 2021-22
This course provides a dynamic introduction to some of the most influential works of Russian literature, texts that became ethical, ideological, and aesthetic touchstones for all later periods of Russian culture. We will study the works of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol with attention to their thematic and formal preoccupations, their historical contexts and often fascinating histories of reception in the nineteenth century, in the Soviet period, and in contemporary culture. Topics of particular interest include Romanticism as a literary, cultural, and historical phenomenon in Russia and in Europe; Russia's experiment in Westernization; the status of the writer within shifting socio-political hierarchies; imperialism; the fluctuating meanings of social class; individual subjectivity as an object of artistic representation; the absurd. All readings, discussions, and assignments in English. No knowledge of Russian required.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B222 Language Policy Issues and the Russophone World
Fall 2021
This course provides an introduction to the study of language policy and language planning in the countries where Russian is or has once been used. The course will offer a survey of current theoretical approaches to language maintenance, bilingualism and language shift, as well as language spread and language death. Having a rich history of language interaction, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia will be the major foci in this course. We will explore how Russian was often used as a tool for colonization. We will follow the development of various writing systems by Soviet linguists, mostly in the 1920s and 1930s. We will also look at the interactions between Russian and languages currently used in Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Baltic states, and in parts of the Russian Federation. All texts and class interactions will be in Russian.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B227 Eurasia and its Ecology: Cultural & Historical Perspectives
Spring 2022
This course will explore the historical, social, and cultural significance of the environment in Russian literature and the visual arts. As the largest country on the planet and as a sprawling nation that covers almost a sixth of the world's land mass, Russia has both cherished and exploited its vast forests and ample natural resources. Exploring Russian culture from an ecological perspective, we will delve into the fiction, poetry, cinema, and photography that has raised environmental issues or, in the opposite vein, has promoted rapid industrial development and a swift taming of Russia's natural landscape for the sake of progress. To this day, Russian artists continue to grapple with the ecological state of the country and its fragile well-being.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B229 Soviet Culture, Above and Below Ground
Not offered 2021-22
This course serves as a short survey of Soviet literature, art, and film after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. We will explore the works of avant-garde authors and artists, official writers and painters, authors who wrote "for the desk drawer," and those whose creative works were circulated in the underground. We will explore Soviet science fiction and dystopia, the utopian world building of Socialist Realism, trauma of the Gulag, and the parodic humor of late Soviet conceptual art. From canvas to film to the printed page, we will focus on major cultural topics in and around the increasing pressures of shifting political landscapes, ideology, propaganda, the publishing market, and the role of the writer in Russian society.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B235 The Social Dynamics of Russian
Spring 2022
An examination of the social factors that influence the language of Russian conversational speech, including contemporary Russian media (films, television, and the Internet). Basic social strategies that structure a conversation are studied, as well as the implications of gender and education on the form and style of discourse. Prerequisite: RUSS B201, RUSS 102 also required if taken concurrently with RUSS 201.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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RUSS B237 Crime or Punishment: Russian Narratives of Incarceration
Fall 2021
This course explores Russian narratives of incarceration, punishment, and captivity from the 17th century to the present day and considers topics such as social justice, violence and its artistic representations, totalitarianism, witness-bearing, and the possibility of transcendence in suffering. Taught in translation.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Peace, Justice and Human Rights

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RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
Section 001 (Fall 2020): Silent Film: From U.S. to Soviet Russia& Beyond
Not offered 2021-22
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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RUSS B271 Chekhov: His Short Stories and Plays in Translation
Not offered 2021-22
A study of the themes, structure and style of Chekhov's major short stories and plays. The course will also explore the significance of Chekhov's prose and drama in the English-speaking world, where this masterful Russian writer is the most staged playwright after Shakespeare. All readings and lectures in English.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation
Spring 2022
A study of Vladimir Nabokov's writings in various genres, focusing on his fiction and autobiographical works. The continuity between Nabokov's Russian and English works is considered in the context of the Russian and Western literary traditions. All readings and lectures in English.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B316 Russian and Soviet Short Story
Not offered 2021-22
This new Russian language course will explore the nature and evolution of the Russian short story from the beginning of the 19th century through the beginning of the 21st century. We will begin with the stories of Pushkin and Gogol and continue with Garshin who proved instrumental in developing the genre to its modern form. Students will then read stories by Chekhov, Bunin, Nabokov, Babel, Shukshin, Tolstaya, Pelevin -- writers with distinguished voices who introduced a variety of groundbreaking themes, characters, and plots and whose art reveals the possibilities of the genre. All the readings and discussion will be in Russian.
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RUSS B317 Power and the Poet: Resistance and Otherness in Russian, Sov
Fall 2021
In Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet Russia, literature and, later, cinema have served to augment voices calling for freedom and non-conformism in opposition to censorship and oppression. Vis-à-vis these calls for freedom, the concept of the Other has always occupied a prominent space in the Russian collective mindset, as well as in literature and art. Evoking the broad image of the writer, artist, philosopher, and thinker in Russian culture and embodying Otherness, the poet has often challenged Russian society to confront difficult issues. This course will examine how the so-called poet's Otherness has been imagined and depicted in Russian prose and poetry, cinema and media, and in the culture as a whole. By questioning underlying assumptions in Russian culture, students will explore the processes of constructing and representing the Other in terms of ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and dissidence. Conducted in Russian

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RUSS B319 Advanced Russian through Current Events
Fall 2021
This course offers an exploration of contemporary social, political, ecological, and cultural issues in Russia and on the territories of former Soviet Republics. By working with authentic materials, including articles and video clips, students will solidify Advanced-level reading, listening, writing and speaking skills (ACTFL 2012). All texts and class interactions will be in Russian.
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RUSS B342 Russian Culture Today
Not offered 2021-22
This seminar focuses on current cultural trends in Russia, with special emphasis on the interplay between various artistic media and post-Soviet Russia's rapidly developing society. Students will be introduced to contemporary Russian literature, painting, television, film, and music while considering such topics as Russia's ambiguous attitude toward the West, the rise of violence in Russian society, and Russia's evaluation of the past. Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or the equivalent.

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RUSS B365 Russian and Soviet Film Culture
Not offered 2021-22
This seminar explores the cultural and theoretical trends that have shaped Russian and Soviet cinema from the silent era to the present day. The focus will be on Russia's films and film theory, with discussion of the aesthetic, ideological, and historical issues underscoring Russia's cinematic culture. Taught in Russian. No previous study of cinema required, although RUSS 201 or the equivalent is required.
Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B390 Russian for Pre-Professionals I
Fall 2021
This capstone to the overall language course sequence is designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in Russian to the advanced level or higher, preparing students to carry out academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Suggested Preparation: study abroad in Russia for at least one summer, preferably one semester; and/or certified proficiency levels of 'advanced-low' or 'advanced-mid' in two skills, one of which must be oral proficiency.

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RUSS B391 Russian for Pre-Professionals II
Spring 2022
Second part of year long capstone language sequence designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency to the "advanced level," preparing students to carry out advanced academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Prerequisite: RUSS 390 or equivalent.

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RUSS B398 Senior Essay
Independent research project designed and conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. May be undertaken in either fall or spring semester of senior year.

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RUSS B399 Senior Conference
Exploration of an interdisciplinary topic in Russian culture. Topic varies from year to year. Requirements may include short papers, oral presentations, and examinations.

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RUSS B403 Supervised Work

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RUSS B403 Supervised Work

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2021-22
By bringing together the study of major theoretical currents of the 20th century and the practice of analyzing literary works in the light of theory, this course aims at providing students with skills to use literary theory in their own scholarship. The selection of theoretical readings reflects the history of theory (psychoanalysis, structuralism, narratology), as well as the currents most relevant to the contemporary academic field: Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism. They are paired with a diverse range of short stories (Poe, Kafka, Camus, Borges, Calvino, Morrison, Djebar, Ngozi Adichie) that we discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English with an additional hour in French for students wishing to take it for French credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Spring 2022
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ITAL B216 Body and Mind
Fall 2021
In this course, we will explore representations of the relationship between body and mind, starting from 19th-century Russian novels that conceptualize love as a physical ailment and ending with the history of Alzheimer's disease. Talking about the relationship between body and mind will allow us to investigate how gender roles and models of womanhood and masculinity shaped the evolution of modern sciences, from psychiatry to obstetrics. Investigating how bodies have been (and continue to be) read, we will discuss systems created to police societies by cataloguing bodies, from Lombroso's phrenology to modern fingerprinting and face recognition softwares. Finally, we will consider how our understanding of the relationship between body and mind has changed over time. Many of the theories we will discuss during the semester are now considered outdated pseudo-science - but how can we conceptualize the difference between science and pseudo-science? As new categories and disease designations appear to substitute the old ones, which are the implications of creating a label for a constellation of existing symptoms? The course will be taught entirely in English. There will be an optional hour in Italian for students of Italian.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ITAL B318 Falling Statues: myth-making in literature, politics and art
Spring 2022
We have become accustomed to the rituals of the dismissal of the heroes of the past: we tear down statues, we rename buildings and places. But how did we get there? How, why and by whom are heroes constructed? When old heroes are questioned, what substitutes them? How are the raise and fall of heroes tied to shifting models of masculinity, womanhood, power and the state? In this course, we will explore these questions focusing on Italy and Russia, two countries that in the 19th and 20th century went through several cycles of construction and deconstruction of their political heroes. In the first part of the course, we will investigate the codification of the "type" of the freedom-fighter in the representations of the protagonists of 19th-century European revolutionary movements, focusing on the links between the Italian Risorgimento and the anti-Tsarist movement in Russia, culminating in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. From the pamphlets that consecrated the Italian Garibaldi as the "hero of the two worlds" to the autobiographies of the Russian terrorists and the transcripts of their trials, we will investigate myth-making as a constitutive part of political movements and reflect on the models of masculinity and womanhood at the foundation of the "typical" revolutionary hero. In the second part of the semester, we will focus on Stalinism and Fascism, systems that exploited their revolutionary roots to mobilize supporters in favor of oppressive institutions. Finally, we will discuss the many ways in which 19th - and 20th-century heroes have been confronted, neutralized, dismantled - and the many ways in which their models still haunt us. We will focus on literary texts and political speeches, but we will also analyze propaganda posters, movies, paintings, photographs, monuments and even street names. For your final project, you will have the option of building on our class discussions to explore myth-making in contemporary movements or forms of deconstruction of existing heroes.

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