Spring 2021 Tentative Russian & Slavic Course Offering Descriptions
RUSS 3. Elementary Russian.
Continuation of Russian 2. Comprehensive introduction to Russian. Focus on developing basic communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) within the framework of contemporary Russian culture. Students acquire a basic grammatical framework for further language study. Audio, visual, and web-based materials included.
RUSS 6. Intermediate Russian.
Continuation of Russian 5. Focuses on developing fluency, expanding vocabulary, and acquiring basic reading and writing skills. Comprehensive review of basic Russian grammar; introduction to participles and verbal adverbs. Audio, video, and web-based materials are an integral part of the course.
SLAV 33. Russian Culture.
Analyzes crucial trends and issues in Russian culture in their historical, social, and technological settings, from the rise of Moscow in the fifteenth century to post-Soviet Russia. All lectures and readings are in English.
RUSS 101F. Advanced Russian.
Continued development of oral and written fluency. Special attention to development of reading skills through a variety of texts related to Russian culture. Systematic review of advanced grammar. Compositions, translations, and oral presentations required. Periodic screenings of Russian films.
SLAV 123B. 19th Century Russian Literature II.
Introduction to Russian literary culture from 1850 to 1900. Readings by Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Goncharov, Turgenev, Leskov, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Chekhov. Taught in English.
RUSS 124. 20th Century Poetry.
Introduction to twentieth-century Russian poetry. The "silver age" and Russian modernism. Avantgarde poetry. Post-war trends in Russian poetry. Readings by Briusov, Blok, Akhmatova, Mandelshtam, Esenin, Mayakovsky, Pasternak, Brodsky, and others. Readings in Russian.
SLAV 130A. The Avantgarde in Russia.
The Russian Avantgarde in its European context. The avantgarde and the revolution of 1917. Analysis of key figures and movements within the Russian Avantgarde. Taught in English.
SLAV 130E. Masters of Russian Cinema.
Introduction to some of the great directors in Russian cinema. Analysis of films and theoretical writings. Study of key theoretical concepts. Taught in English. E. Eisenshtein.
SLAV 152C. Representation and Ideology.
How does the representation of the "enemy" during a conflict influence our attitudes toward that conflict? An examination of the images of the opponent in literature, film and journalism. special emphasis on Eastern Europe.