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.

103. First-Year Intensive Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed 101, 102, 111, or 112. (10). (FL).

This course covers in one term what is ordinarily covered in two terms in Russian 101 and 102. The course carries eight credit hours which is over half the average underclass academic load and is designed for highly motivated students who wish to acquire rapid mastery of Russian. (Shishkoff)

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 reading and conversation. (Shishkoff)

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

This course reviews the fundamentals of Russian grammar through written exercises and oral drills. Special emphasis is given to 'verbs of motion' and 'verb aspect', and to vocabulary development. Use of the language laboratory is strongly encouraged.

301. Third-Year Russian. Russian 202 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 303. (4). (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: Russian Conversation, Academy of Sciences, Moscow). 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).

This course introduces aspects of Russian literature and literary criticism, and develops linguistic skills. It aims to increase vocabulary, improve reading speed, and enable students to write and speak in Russian with increased fluency, while providing an introduction to Russian literary history and critical methodology. A wide variety of texts are read in Russian. Classes are conducted in Russian, with regular discussions. Weekly essays and tests, two exams, and one short oral presentation are expected from each student. (Makin)

401. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 302 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 403. (4). (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. (Challis)

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)

456. Russian Drama Through Ostrovsky. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (HU).

This is a systematic study of Russian drama from the time of Tsar Alexej Mikhajlovich through Ostrovsky. It deals with 18th century tragedy, comedy and comic opera; 19th century vaudeville, comedy of manners and realistic drama. Analysis of composition, characterization, thematics and style. Two quizzes, one midterm and a final. Conducted in Russian. Open to fourth year students as well as graduates. (Humesky)

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

The course will concentrate on the major novels of Leo Tolstoy and a number of his shorter works. All readings will be discussed in terms of their relationship to Russian and world literature, with special attention to their formal literary qualities, and their moral, philosophical, social, psychological, and historical significance. There will be a midterm examination, a final examination and a term paper. Classes will be conducted on a lecture-discussion basis, with emphasis on student discussion. Since two of the novels (War and Peace and Anna Karenina) are quite long, students are advised to read them during the summer preceding the course. (Brown)

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

The subject of the course is Russian lyric poetry during the age of Symbolism, with some comparative material on longer narrative poems and verse drama. Reading, translation, and explication of selected poems by Vladimir Solov'ev, Brjusov, Bal'mont, Sologub, Zinaida Gippius, Konevskoj, Dobroljubov, Vladimir Gippius, Blok, Belyj, Vjaceslav Ivanov, Annenskij, Bunin, Komarovskij and Volosin. Knowledge of Russian is required. Translations are to be prepared for every class. There is a final exam. (Ronen)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

141. First-Year Czech. (4). (FL).

This is a beginner's course in the essentials of grammar and pronunciation. Daily preparation, quizzes and tests and the language lab are required of all students. (Kajlik)

241. Second-Year Czech. Czech 142 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

This is a continuation of Czech 141 and 142 with emphasis on acquainting students with basic reading, writing, and language skills. Daily preparation, quizzes and tests and the language lab are required of all students. (Kajlik)

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. (Carpenter)

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 from the beginning until 1863. 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.

231. Second-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 132 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course builds on work done in 131-132, First-Year Serbo-Croatian, and assumes a good knowledge of the grammatical structure of the language. Emphasis is placed first on reading Serbo-Croatian and second on developing increased competence in speaking and writing. Opportunities are provided outside the classroom for conversation as well as for cultural activities (film, folk dance, etc.)

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.

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)

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

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

First-Year Armenian gives a balanced presentation of grammar and conversation. Methods of instruction include lecturing and oral drills. Student evaluation will be based on examinations of the grammar covered and vocabulary quizzes. Course pack provided by the instructor.

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

The course features conversation, reading and composition. Student evaluation will be based on class participation and the quality of the written work. A course pack is provided by the instructor.

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

313/RC Hums. 313. Soviet Cinema. (3). (HU).

The course will span the period 1917-1985, from the Russian pioneers of film montage to the varied cinematic approaches of contemporary Soviet directors. Topics will include: Eisenstein's shock attractions and collision montage; Pudovkin's use of "plastic material" and the theories of film acting and film editing; Vertov's "Kino-eye," cinema verite used to observe life as it is and reassemble it as collage; Dovzhenko's poetic cinema, with its painterly use of frame composition; the "socialist realist" style, from Donskoy to Chukhrai; Paradzhavov's use of folklore and allegory; the symbolic and mystical cinema of Tarkovsky; Mikhalkov's "Chekhovian" films; Soviet "genre" films, and the recent satirical trend. The selected films will deal both with historical topics (from the Middle Ages and the reign of Ivan the Terrible to the Revolution, collectivization, and World War II) and contemporary issues (social problems, corruption and economic blunders, the psychological pressures of modern life). The films will be viewed, analyzed and discussed with respect to such historical and social issues, as well as in terms of their intrinsic aesthetic structure. Knowledge of Russian is not required. There are no prerequisites. Students will write three critical papers. There are no exams. Lab fee $20. (Eagle)

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

See REES 395.

423. Central European Prose, 1948-1985. (3). (HU).

Thirteen novels and short story collections from Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and Yugoslavia (by authors such as Milan Kundera, Tadeusz Konwicki, Gyorgy Konrad, and Danilo Kis) constitute the course's basic texts. Since 1948 these countries have experienced significant cultural and ideological collisions. Possessing rich national, religious, and philosophical traditions of their own, they fell under a Stalinist system which dictated not only the basic organizational parameters of economic and political life, but also the officially sanctioned versions of ideology, civic education, and art. Nonetheless, aspects of these countries' humanistic, democratic, and religious traditions did not yield easily, and, after a period rigidly enforced "socialist realism," writers began to question the ideological and moral foundations of their societies. Ultimately, the intense interrogation of values went beyond purely political issues and applied not only to Communist societies, but to the problematic legacies of Western intellectual culture as a whole. Lectures and discussion will focus on such issues and problems, as well as psychological and aesthetic dimensions of the works read. In addition to participating in discussion, students will be expected to write three critical papers. There are no exams. (Eagle)

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