Slavic Languages and Literatures

3040 Modern Languages Building
764-5355
Web site: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/slavic/

Professor Jindrich Toman, Chair

May be elected as a departmental program in Russian


Professors

Bogdana Carpenter, Polish language, literature, and culture; comparative literature
Omry Ronen, Historical and descriptive poetics of Russian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, metrics, Russian Formalism and Structuralism, popular sub-genres
Vitalij Shevoroshkin, Russian morphology and phonology
Benjamin A. Stolz, Slavic linguistics, Serbo-Croatian language, literature and folklore
Jindrich Toman, Slavic linguistics, Czech literature


Associate Professors

Kevork Bardakjian, Armenian language, literature, and culture
Herbert Eagle, Russian and East European literature and film, literary and film theory
Michael Makin, Russian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Russian language


Assistant Professors

Rosamund Bartlett, Russian literature of the nineteenth century; Russian cultural history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Andreas Schönle, Russian literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, literary theory, comparative literature


Lecturer

Alina Makin, Russian language


Professors Emeriti

Deming Brown, Ladislav Matejka, John Mersereau, Jr., I. R. Titunik


The department teaches the languages, literatures, and cultures of the Slavic nations and of Armenia. The Russian language is spoken by more people than any other language except Chinese and English; in addition there are some one hundred and fifty million speakers of Czech, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, and Ukrainian. These are vehicles of some of the world's great cultures and are of increasing importance as a key to communication in trade and technology. Courses are offered in Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures, Slavic linguistics, and Armenian. A concentration is offered in Russian, and the undergraduate curriculum is designed primarily to provide competence in Russian and a knowledge of Russian literature and civilization.

The curriculum provides the language training prerequisite to specialization in a variety of careers (e.g., government, diplomacy, international trade, teaching), and offers an enriching cultural and linguistic background to non-concentrators, especially those interested in the ethnic heritage of the Slavic peoples.

Courses in English. The department offers a series of courses in English translation designed to survey the Slavic literatures and cultures for concentrators in Russian and for non-concentrators. These courses include Russian 220, 222, 231, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 458, 459, 461, 462, 464, 465; Slavic 221, 225, 240, 312, 313; Polish 425, 426, 427, 428, 432, and 435; Czech 480 and Serbo-Croatian 436 and 437. Russian concentrators who elect Russian 462, 463, 464, 465, or 466 are expected to read Russian texts.


Russian

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Prerequisites to Concentration. Russian 101, 102, 201, and 202, (or 103 and 203) or the equivalent.

Concentration Program. Interested students should begin Russian during the freshman year. Required are: (1) Russian 301, 302, 351, 352, 449 or 450, 451, and 452; (2) at least two courses chosen from among Russian 401, 402, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 418, 419, 420, 422, 454, 455, 456, 457, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 471, 472, 491, and 492; and (3) six or more credits in advanced courses in another foreign language or in social science courses which focus on Russia. Special attention is called to the courses listed under Russian and East European Studies.

Honors Concentration. Qualified students who are interested in an Honors concentration in Russian should consult Professor Bartlett in the second term of the sophomore year. Admission to the Honors concentration is granted to students who have completed their preliminary work in Russian with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Qualified Honors concentrators work on a major project during the senior year, and defend an Honors thesis based on their research.

Advising. Professor Bartlett is the undergraduate concentration advisor; prospective concentrators should consult her before the end of the sophomore year. Appointments are scheduled at 222 Lane Hall (764-0351).

Teaching Certificate. Candidates for a teaching certificate with a teaching minor in Russian should consult Professor Bartlett and the School of Education Office of Academic Services. Information about general requirements for a teaching certificate appears elsewhere in this Bulletin.

Placement Information for Introductory Language Courses. Students with high school training in Russian are required to take both the reading and listening (CEEB) Russian tests to evaluate their language proficiency. The results of the placement test determine the proper placement level, subject to the following conditions:

  1. Students with two years of Russian in high school may not elect Russian 101 for credit.

  2. Students with three years of Russian in high school may not elect Russian 101 or 102 for credit.

  3. Students with four years of Russian in high school may not elect Russian 101, 102, or 201 for credit.

Language Table. The Department sponsors a Russian Tea conversation table every Thursday at 4 p.m. during the Fall and Winter terms. For those interested, the Russian Literary Group holds weekly meetings (764-5355).

Study Abroad. The Department encourages qualified students to participate in selected study abroad programs in Slavic countries and is affiliated with the CIEE Cooperative Russian Language Program at St. Petersburg State University. The program is administered by the Office of International Affairs.

Language Resource Center. The department uses the Language Resource Center facilities (2011 Modern Languages Building). This laboratory gives students an opportunity to improve their command of the spoken language by listening to and repeating textual materials taped by native speakers. Cassette tapes are also available to students for use at home. Certain courses require regular use of taped materials. The laboratory also monitors Russian T.V. and makes this programming available at multiple outlets. Video tapes of films and programs in a number of Slavic languages are also available.

Half-Term Information. The Summer Language Institute, conducted during Summer Half-Term, offers intensive Russian (1st-4th year), intensive elementary Czech, and intensive elementary Eastern and Western Armenian. See the Time Schedule for specific information.

Courses in Slavic Languages and Literatures


Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

171/Armenian 171. First-Year Armenian. (4). (LR).

172/Armenian 172. First-Year Armenian. Armenian 171. (4). (LR).

173/Armenian 173. Intensive First-Year Armenian. (8 in the half-term). (LR).

181/Armenian 181. First-Year Eastern Armenian. (4). (Excl).

183/Armenian 183. Intensive First-Year Eastern Armenian. (8). (Excl).

271/Armenian 271. Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 172. (4). (LR).

272/Armenian 272. Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 271. (4). (LR).

273/Armenian 273. Intensive Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 171-172. IIIb in Yerevan, Armenia. (8). (LR).

371/Armenian 371. Third-Year Armenian. Armenian 272. (3). (Excl).

372/Armenian 372. Third-Year Armenian. Armenian 371. (3). (Excl).

417/Armenian 417. Struggle for Nationalism: An Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature. (3). (Excl).

418/Armenian 418. The Post-Genocide Literature of the Armenian Dispersion. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

419/Armenian 419. The Old Soul of a New Nation: An Introduction to Soviet Armenian Literature. (3). (Excl).


Courses in Czech (Division 355)

141. First-Year Czech. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Czech 143. (4). (LR).

142. First-Year Czech. Czech 141. (4). (LR).

143. Intensive First Year Czech. No credit granted to those who have completed Czech 142. (8). (LR).

241. Second-Year Czech. Czech 142 or 143. (4). (LR).

242. Second-Year Czech. Czech 241. (4). (LR).

341. Third-year Czech. Czech 242. (3). (Excl).

342. Third-year Czech. Czech 341. (3). (Excl).

480. Supervised Czech Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

483. Czech Literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

484. Modern Czech Literature. (3). (Excl).


Courses in Polish (Division 447)

Language

121. First-Year Polish. (4). (LR).

122. First-Year Polish. Polish 121. (4). (LR).

221. Second-Year Polish. Polish 122. (4). (LR).

222. Second-Year Polish. Polish 221. (4). (LR).

321. Third-Year Polish. Two years of Polish. (3). (Excl).

322. Third-Year Polish. Polish 321. (3). (Excl).

Literature

425. Polish Literature in English. (3). (HU).

426. Polish Literature in English. (3). (HU).

432. Topics in Polish Literature. Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students. A knowledge of Polish is not required. (2). (Excl). May be elected for credit for a total of 6 credits.

450. Directed Polish Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).


Courses in Russian (Division 466)

Language

101. First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103 or 111. (4). (LR).

102. First-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 111, or 112. (4). (LR).

103/RC Core 193. Intensive First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 111, or 112. (8). (LR).

105. Spoken Russian I. Russian 101; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 102. (1). (Excl).

106. Spoken Russian II. Russian 102; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 201. (1). (Excl).

107. Spoken Russian III. Russian 201; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 202. (1). (Excl).

201. Second-Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

202. Second-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 201. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

203/RC Core 293. Intensive Second Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Russian 201 or 202. (8). (LR).

301. Third-Year Russian. Russian 202 or equivalent and satisfactory scores on a proficiency test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (Excl).

302. Third-Year Russian. Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (Excl).

303. Third-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 203. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 301 or 302. (8). (Excl).

401. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 302. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 403. (4). (Excl).

402. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 401. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 403. (4). (Excl).

403. Fourth-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 302. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 401 or 402. (8). (Excl).

410/Educ. D437. Teaching of Russian. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

413. Business Russian. Russian 302. (3; 4 in the half-term). (Excl).

414. Political Russian. Russian 302. (3; 4 in the half-term). (Excl).

415. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 402 or 403. (3; 4 in the half-term). (Excl).

416. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 415. (3). (Excl).

417. Contemporary Russian Culture. Russian 302. The course is conducted in Russian. (3). (Excl).

419. Russian Stylistics. Russian 402 or 403. (3). (Excl).

420. Russian Stylistics. Russian 402 or 403. (3). (Excl).

Literature

222. Russia Today. (4). (HU).

231. Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction. (3). (HU).

351. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 202. (3). (Excl).

352. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 351. (3). (Excl).

355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

449. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

450. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

451/RC Hums. 451. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

452/RC Hums. 452. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

453. Emigre Literature: Nabokov. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

454. Russian Poetry to 1840. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (Excl).

455. Russian Poetry from 1840 to 1900. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (Excl).

456. Russian Drama Through Chekhov. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

457. Russian Drama from Ostrovsky to the Present. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (Excl).

460. Russian Social Fiction. (3). (Excl).

461. Pushkin. Russian 352. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

462. Dostoevsky. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

463. Chekhov. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

464. Tolstoy. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

466. Gogol. A knowledge of Russian or permission of instructor is required. (3). (Excl).

470. Russian Drama Since the Revolution. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

471. Modern Russian Poetry. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

472. Modern Russian Poetry. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

476(Slavic 567). Russian Literary and Cultural Theory and the West. (3). (Excl).

480. Popular Sub-Genres in Modern Russian Literature. (3). (Excl).

482. Ten Masterpieces of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (2). (Excl).

491. Senior Honors Course. Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). 491 and 492 may be elected for a total of 6 credits.

492. Senior Honors Course. Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). 491 and 492 may be elected for a total of 6 credits.


Courses in Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

131. First-Year Serbo-Croatian. (4). (LR).

132. First-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 131. (4). (LR).

231. Second-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 132. (4). (LR).

232. Second-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 231. (4). (LR).

439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 8 credits.


Courses in Ukrainian (Division 494)

151. First-Year Ukrainian. (4). (LR).

152. First-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 151. (4). (LR).

251. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 152. (4). (LR).

252. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 251. (4). (LR).

421. Directed Reading in Ukrainian Literature. Open to non-concentrators. A knowledge of Ukrainian is not required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.


Courses in Slavic Linguistics, Film, and Surveys (Division 474)

150. First Year Seminar. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

151. First Year Seminar. (4). (Introductory Composition). Laboratory fee ($35) required.

221. Armenia: Culture and Ethnicity. (3). (HU).

225. Arts and Cultures of Central Europe. (3). (HU).

240. Introduction to Slavic Folklore. (3). (HU).

312/RC Hums. 312. Central European Cinema. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

313/RC Hums. 313. Russian Cinema. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

395/REES 395/Pol. Sci. 395/Hist. 332/Soc. 392. Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

396/REES 396/Poli. Sci. 396/Hist. 333/Soc. 393. Survey of East Central Europe. (4; 3 in the half-term). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

483. Fundamentals of Slavic Linguistics. (3). (Excl).

490. Culture and Politics in Russia Today. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits.

545. Workshop in Slavic Linguistics. Slavic 483. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.


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