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Spring 2003

Russian Language Courses
Russian Literature, Culture and History
Slavic Courses
Eastern European


Russian Language

RUSS 002 Elementary Russian II
001 Oleinichenko MTWRF 10:00-11:00am
002 Oleinichenko MTWRF 3:00-4:00pm
601 Staff MW 5:00-7:00pm (Offered through College of General Studies)

A continuation of RUSS 001.

RUSS 004 Intermediate Russian II
Prerequisite(s): RUSS 003 or placement exam.
001 Zubarev MTWR 10:00-11:00AM
601 Zubarev TR 4:00-6:00PM (Offered through College of General Studies)

A continuation of RUSS 003.

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Russian Literature, Culture, and History

RUSS 032 Russian Literature after 1870
001 Steiner TR 3:00-4:30pm
General Req. III: Arts & Letters
All readings and lectures in English

Major Russian writers in English translation: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Pasternak, Babel,
Solzhenitsyn, and others.

RUSS 125 The Adultery Novel In and Out of Russia
401 Platt TR 10:30-12
All readings and lectures in English.
Pending: General Req. III: Arts & Letters

The object of the course is to analyze a series of 19C and 20C novels (and a few short stories) about adultery. Our reading will teach us about novelistic traditions of the period in question and about the relationship of Russian literature to the European models to which it responded. The course begins with a novel not about families falling apart, but about families coming together-Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. We then will turn to what is arguably the most well-known adultery novel ever written, Flaubert's Madame Bovary.  Following this, we investigate a series of Russian revisions of the same thematic territory that range from "great literature" to pulp fiction, including Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and other works by Tolstoy, Chekhov, Leskov, and Nagrodskaia. As something of an epilogue to the course, we will read Milan Kundera's backward glance at this same tradition in nineteenth-century writing, The Unbearable Lightness of Being. In our coursework we will apply various critical approaches in order to place adultery into its social and cultural context, including: sociological descriptions of modernity, Marxist examinations of family as a social and economic institution, Freudian/ Psychoanalytic interpretations of family life and transgressive sexuality, Feminist work on the construction of gender.

RUSS 150 War and its Representation in Russia, Europe and the US
401 Platt TR 1:30-3:00pm
All readings and lectures in English.
Pending: General Req II: History & Tradition

Representations of war are created for as many reasons as wars are fought: to legitimate armed conflict, to critique brutality, to vilify an enemy, to mobilize popular support, to generate national pride, etc. In this course we will examine a series of representations of war drawn from the literature, film, state propaganda, memoirs, visual art, etc. of Russia, Europe and the United States. We will pursue an investigation of these images of conflict and bloodshed in the larger context of the history of military technology, social life, and communications media over the last two centuries. Students will be expected to write two papers, take part in a group presentation on an assigned topic, and take a final exam. The goal of the course will be to gain knowledge of literary history in social and historical context, and to acquire critical skills for analysis of rhetoric and visual representations.

RUSS 201 Dostoevsky and the Human Condition
001 Todorov MWF 1-2
Distribution III: Arts & Letters
All readings and lectures in English

Join us in this course of reading the human soul stripped bare and anatomized to its quick by one of the greatest writers in history. It examines Dostoevsky's major works in an effort to define their literary merits and philosophical insight, to discuss their polemic pathos and extraordinary grasp that secured him prominence in the spiritual and the political life of 19th century Russia. There are two tests whose purpose is to measure the specific knowledge about the works we read. The final paper is expected to be argumentative and demonstrate students' capability of conducting research and critique. The participation factor reflects the ability of the students to contribute to the unfolding discussions and challenge the argumentation in progress.

RUSS 225 Russian History in Film
401 Todorov MW 3-4:30PM
Distribution III: Arts & Letters

This course draws on the fictional, drama and cinematic representation of the Russian history based on Russian as well as non Russian sources and interpretations. The analysis targets major modes of imagining, such as narrating, showing and reenacting historical events, personae and epochs justified by different, historically mutating ideological postulates and forms of national self-consciousness. Common stereotypes of picturing Russia from “foreign” perspectives draw special attention. The discussion involves the following themes and outstanding figures: the mighty autocrats Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, and Catherine the Great; the tragic ruler Boris Godunov; the brazen rebel and royal impostor Pugachov; the notorious Rasputin, his uncanny powers, sex-appeal, and court machinations; Lenin and the October Revolution; images of war; the times of construction and the times of collapse of the Soviet Colossus.

RUSS 299 Independent Study

RUSS 399 Supervised work

RUSS 402 Pushkin
001 Steiner TR 1:30-3
Distribution III: Arts & Letters

The writer's lyrics, narrative poems, and drama.

RUSS 413 Advanced Russian Conversation
001: Bourlatskaya TR 10:30 - 12:00
Prerequisite(s): RUSS 411 or placement exam.

Russian 413, the continuation of Russian 411, is designed to develop functional proficiency in speaking, writing, reading and listening and increase familiarity with Russian culture. Classes will be conducted entirely in Russian. You will be exposed to a variety of interviews, articles, and essays by leading Russian journalists and statesmen and to works of modern Russian writers. You will also have the opportunity to watch and discuss excerpts from video news, and to see and discuss the feature movies Barber of Siberia, The Muslim, and Svad'ba. You will be introduced to some of the songs of famous Russian artists. This course does not focus on grammar, but difficult questions of grammar will be addressed in class as necessary. We will work one-on-one on individual grammar inaccuracies.

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SLAV 106 Killing Time, Killing the Reader, Killing the Author: Old Habits in the New Media
301 Romanchuk TR 3:00 - 4:30 pm
All readings and lectures in English.

This course opens and closes with two important contemporary novels: Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and Milorad Pavic's Dictionary of the Khazars. Both are "novels of ideas" set in the middle ages; both feature monks, mayhem, and a book that kills those who come too close. But while Eco's novel has the dubious honor of a Hollywood adaptation, Pavic's has been the inspiration for cutting-edge performance, music, and multimedia. What do these books and their adaptations tell us about present-day habits of reading and managing information, in the West and East? And why do both books kill not only their compilers and readers, but "kill time," turning back the clock to the middle ages? We will explore the possibility that many qualities of "new media" were already present in medieval texts, and that medievals may have conceptualized reading in ways that now seem closer to the postmodern. We will seek the origins of "bookish" and "hypertextual" styles of reading, currently struggling for dominance, in the middle ages and even before. We will watch film and video, read 20th- and 21st-century novels and stories on paper and on CD-ROM, and get our hands dirty with the information-managing practices of the middle ages to better understand those of our own age. Evaluation is based on discussion, responses in an on-line "open book" of the course, six short writing activities, and the in-class presentation of a hypertext of your own devising. All readings are in English.

SLAV 399 Independent Study

SLAV 502 Elementary Polish II
Prerequisite(s): SLAV 501 or placement.
680 Sachs MW 7-8:30PM

Emphasis on vocabulary building, conversation and reading skills. Grammar review.

SLAV 531 Elementary Czech II
Prerequisite(s): SLAV 531 or placement.
680 Stejskal TR 6:30-8:00PM

SLAV 533 Intermediate Czech II
Prerequisite(s): SLAV 531 or placement.
680 Stejskal TR 6:30-8:00PM

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Eastern European

EEUR 122 Elementary Hungarian II
680 Mizsei TR 5:30-7

EEUR 124 Intermediate Hungarian II
680 Mizsei TR 4-5:30

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