Slavic Languages and Literatures

Courses in Russian (Division 466)


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

In this course the student learns the basics of Russian pronunciation and grammar. The skills of reading and writing, as well as listening and speaking, are developed rapidly through the use of humorous stories, skits, and classroom rituals. The course material is designed to be interesting and engaging, so that the student enjoys the subject matter about which s/he is communicating in Russian. In each class period, about half the time is spent interacting in Russian: telling stories and inventing humorous skits using the grammar and vocabulary which is being learned. Generally a new story is also told to the class each period. The second half of the period is spent introducing new points of grammar. All the stories told in class appear in the textbook and are also on tape in the Language Laboratory, which is open 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. In the Language Lab students practice listening to stories and answering questions orally, and work on grammar drills as well. In addition, personal copies of all tapes can be made for the students. The text is A Russian Course by A. Lipson. Since classes are small (section size is limited to 18), students have ample opportunity to speak each period. Evaluation is based on classwork, homework, unit exams (of which there are three or four) and a final. Note: Russian 101, Russian 103, and Russian 111 are all beginning Russian courses. Credit cannot be granted for more than one of these.

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

This course is a continuation of Russian 101.

111. Special Reading Course. No credit granted to those who have completed 101, 102, or 103. (4). (Excl).

This course is designed to provide a reading knowledge of Russian for purposes of research in science, mathematics, social sciences and humanities. It is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The four hours of undergraduate credit offered for the course do not depend upon subsequent completion of Russian 112. Russian 111 may not be used to satisfy the LSA foreign language requirement. (Titunik)

112. Special Reading Course, Continued. Russian 111 or equivalent. Credit is not granted for Russian 112 and Russian 102 or 103 without departmental permission. No credit granted to those who have completed 201, 202, or 203. (4). (Excl).

This is a tutorial course in which students increase their reading knowledge of Russian in their specific fields and improve their rate of translation to the level required for the doctoral language requirement. Russian 112 may not be used to satisfy the LSA foreign language requirement. (Titunik)

201. Second-Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 111, 112, or 203. (4). (FL).

This course acquaints the student with the points of grammar not covered during the First-Year Russian (101 and 102) courses. More complex grammatical structures are introduced and more emphasis is placed on spoken Russian. The use of the language laboratory (or personal copies of the taped material) is required. Current text: Russian for Everybody (editor: V. Kostamarov). (Sections 001 and 003: Shishkoff; section 002: Suino)

301. Third-Year Russian. Russian 202 or 203 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 303. (3). (N.Excl).

Third year Russian is a continuation of Russian 202, or it can be taken with permission from the instructor. It covers the following: (1) a review of Russian grammar (book: Exercises by the University of Michigan); (2) readings in Russian culture and literature; and (3) modern conversational Russian (book: Speaking Russian by Khavronina). It is a recitation course and students are asked to participate in class discussions. Students are evaluated on the basis of review grammar quizzes in class, translations, and compositions written at home. (Challis)

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

Helps third year students make the transition from "textbook" Russian to the language of great Russian writers, and gives insight into the main trends of the 19th and 20th century Russian literature. Basic concepts and terminology of Russian literary scholarship are introduced. Conducted in Russian, compositions written in Russian. During the first term prose is presented, and during the second, poetry. Works by foremost Russian authors read in the original. (Suino)

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

The course is designed for students who have completed one or more courses in Russian literature and wish to continue, but are unable to enroll in a regular course owing to scheduling difficulties. Literary texts in various genres will be read and discussed, and papers will be required. Permission of chairman.

401. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 302 or 303. No credit granted to those who have completed 403. (3). (N.Excl).

Prerequisites: three years of Russian (minimum). Course deals mostly with Russian verbs that is the use of perfective and imperfective aspect of the verb; reflexive verbs, verbs with close meaning or synonyms; verbs with different prefix; use and idiomatic meaning of the verbs of motion without prefix and with prefix; participles and verbal adverbs. Students read short stories of different Russian authors, write compositions on given topics and make oral reports. Progress is checked by quizzes and final examination. (Fischer)

415. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 402 or 403, or permission of instructor. (3). (N.Excl).

Russian 415 emphasizes difficult aspects of the Russian language, such as colloquial Russian, idioms and set phrases, use of the polite form in Russian speech, and practical stylistics as an instrument of style, synonymy of short and long adjectival forms, use of particles in spoken Russian, and analysis of different styles. Progress is checked by term paper. Students read short stories by different Russian authors, plays, articles from newspapers and magazines, and write compositions and give oral reports. (Fischer)

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

This is a course in practical "grammatical" stylistics. The focus is on structure and word usage, including expressions of existence, presence/absence, limitation, approximation, necessity, possibility, command, advice, argumentation, definiteness/indefiniteness, dealing with size, weight, age, time. There are handouts with notes and exercises and passages for translation. There is a midterm, a final and periodic quizzes. (Humesky)


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

This course is a survey of prose and poetry from 1900 to 1930. It embraces both the prerevolutionary "Silver Age" of Russian literature and the new literary movements of the first decade following the October Revolution. Approximately two thirds of the course involves prose fiction, and one third involves poetry. We study novels and short stories by the following authors: Sologub, Bely, Gorky, Zamyatin, Babel, Zoshehenko and Olesha representing a great variety of themes, attitudes and styles. In poetry we concentrate on the Symbolists, Acmeists and Futurists, with special attention to such outstanding poets as Blok, Mandelstam, Akhmatova and Mayakovsky. The course combines informal lectures and class discussions. Occasionally students are assigned individual poems on which to comment in class. (Ronen)

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

This course is a survey of Russian literature in English with primary emphasis upon prose fiction of nineteenth-century authors such as Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Lectures focus upon the prose art of these authors with emphasis upon the evolution of psychological realism. Biographical details, social and political circumstances, and Russian cultural and historical particularities are also included. (Brown)

465/RC Hums. 465. Turgenev. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

This course places Turgenev in the literary and socio-political contexts of his time (1840s-1870s) a period which witnessed the maturity of the Russian novel of psychological realism and, partly as a result of Turgenev's writing, the emancipation of the serfs. Lectures will be complemented by discussions. Required reading will include selected short stories, novelettes, and his novels Nest of Gentlefolk, Fathers and Children, and Smoke. Major goal: to become conversant with the distinctive features of Turgenev's art. Supplementary goals: to develop the ability to engage in objective literary analysis; to understand the development of Russian prose fiction during the period; to learn the major features of 19th century Russian-European culture and history. Grades will be based on discussion participation, three take-home examinations (each will cover about six weeks of instruction). Graduates must complete a term paper 10 pp. or more typewritten double-spaced). No special background in literary studies is required, but those new to the field will be directed to some useful supplementary texts. Attendance required. (Mersereau)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

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

Readings in literature and special subjects, according to the students' needs and qualifications. All readings are in the Czech language.

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


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

Introductory course presenting basic grammatical information and vocabulary. Constant oral drill and practice. Regular use of language laboratory. During the second term short Polish stories and poems are read as part of the classwork, and conversations and discussions in Polish are introduced at an elementary level. (Borysiewicz)

221. Second-Year Polish. Polish 122 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course builds on work done in 121-122, First-Year Polish, and assumes a good knowledge of the grammatical structure of the language. Emphasis is placed first on reading Polish and second on developing increased competence in speaking and writing. (Witkowski)


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

The course surveys the development of Polish literature in terms of individual authors and major literary movements. Individual critical analyses of texts required. A knowledge of Polish is NOT required. All readings in English translation. Can NOT be taken as tutorial. (Carpenter)

Courses in Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

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

An introduction to the grammar of the principal literary language of Yugoslavia, with exercises in reading, writing and speaking, including drill in the language laboratory. (Stolz)

436. Modern Serbo-Croatian Literature. (3). (HU).

A survey of Serbo-Croatian literature from the origins to the present day with emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Readings are in English, but qualified candidates will be expected to analyse part of the material in the original.

439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for extensive reading in Serbo-Croatian of a variety of materials at an advanced level. The amount and type of subject matter covered is dependent upon preparation and interest of the individual student. Texts range from belles-lettres (short stories, novels) through journalism and history.

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 474)

251. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 152 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course involves reading, composition, and grammar review. Texts will include contemporary Ukrainian prose and poetry. Conducted in Ukrainian. One midterm exam and a final will be given. (Humesky)

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.

Reading can be done in English or in Ukrainian. Plan of study is worked out with each student on an individual basis. Hourly discussion sessions are held once a week and a number of written essays are assigned per term (one for each credit earned). (Humesky)

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

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

Assuming no prior exposure to the language, First-Year Armenian aims at establishing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Class time is spent on explaining grammar, reading, oral translation and guided conversation. There are frequent, short homework assignments and listening to tapes which parallel the textbook. Grade is based on homework assignment, class participation and three hour exams. (Misirliyan)

271/Armenian 271. Second-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 172 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

Second-Year Armenian constitutes the third and fourth terms of the four term sequence in Western Armenian. It aims at improving the student's reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Guided classroom conversation, daily readings, occasional short essays. Time permitting, brief introduction to Eastern Armenian through simple readings. Grade is based on classroom participation, homework and one to two hour exams. (Misirliyan)

Slavic Linguistics (Division 474)

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

This course should serve as a general survey of concepts, techniques and terminology applicable to synchronic as well as diachronic studies of Russian and other Slavic languages. Although primary emphasis will be on the basic epistemology of linguistics, the applied aspects, using Russian as the main source, will be adequately balanced with regard to the essential needs of all students in the Slavic field whether oriented toward linguistics or literature. (Matejka)

Slavic Literatures and Cultures: Surveys and Comparative Courses

395/Econ. 395/REES 395/Pol. Sci. 395/Hist. 332/Soc. 392. Survey of the Soviet Union. (4). (SS).

See REES 395 for description.

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