Slavic Winter Courses

Winter 2023 Tentative Russian & Slavic Course Offering Descriptions 

RUSS 2. Elementary Russian.

Continuation of Russian 1. 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 5. Intermediate Russian.

Continuation of Russian 4. 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.

RUSS 101E. Advanced Russian.

Larry McLellan

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 117J/ C LIT 186BU. Bulgakov

Dustin Lovett

Intensive study of Bulgakov. Readings supplemented by select criticism. Readings and lectures in English.

SLAV 123C: 20th Century Literature I

Sven Spieker 

Intensive study of particular authors, genres, literary movements, and selected topics in Russian literature from 1900-1954. Taught in English.

SLAV 151C/ GER 151C/ C LIT 161: Central European Literature

Margarita Delcheva

Investigation of the prolific literatures of central Europe, one of the culturally and linguistically most diverse regions of the European continent that has produced writers such as Italo Svevo, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Bruno Schultz, and others. Readings in English.


SLAV 164D: Russian Cosmism

Sven Spieker 

A focus on fictional and non-fictional texts, films, and art centered on the Russian fascination with outer space, science, and technology, from the 19th century to the present day. Russian Cosmism opens up new perspectives on Russian 19th century philosophy as well as the Russian avant-garde and present-day ideology and politics in Russia. artists and thinkers considered include A. Bogdanov, N. Federov, K. Malevich, A. Tarkovsky, and many others.