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.

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. (Mersereau)

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.

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 provides an introduction to aspects of Russian literature and literary criticism in Russian. It increases vocabulary, reading speed, and written and oral fluency, while introducing Russian literary history and critical methodology. Works of nineteenth- and twentieth- century prose authors are read. Classes are conducted in Russian, and discussion is encouraged. Weekly essays and translations, two exams. (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)

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. (Challes)

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 historical survey of Russian literature from 1900 to 1930 covers the final achievements of realism in the later works of Tolstoy and Chekhov, the art of symbolism, the post-symbolist currents in poetry and prose, and the major literary events of the first post-revolutionary decade both in the USSR and in exile. The required reading includes English translations of representative poems by Soloviev, Bryusov, Balmont, Merezhkovsky, Hippius, Sologub, Blok, Belyi, Vjacheslav Ivanov, Annensky, Kuzmin, Khodasevich, Gumilev, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Khlebnikov, Mayakovsky, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, and Esenin. Students select their own readings in prose and drama out of an extensive list of titles ranging from Soloviev's THREE CONVERSATIONS through Belyi's PETERSBURG to Olesha's ENVY and Nabokov-Sirin's GLORY. Midterm paper and a final examination. (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)

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

A detailed examination of the literary career and major works of Fedr Dostoevskii. His novels and short stories, including NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, THE DEVILS, and THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, will be analyzed in terms of ideology, stylistics, and literary history. His unique background of his own extraordinary life and the period of historical dislocation in which he participated as man and writer. A knowledge of Russian is not required. Two papers and two exams. Lectures, with student participation encouraged. (Makin)

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.

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. Frequent short homework assignments and listening to tapes which parallel the textbook. Grade is based on homework, classroom participation and three hour exams. (Misirliyan)

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)

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

Selected readings in Czech literature on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required. All readings are in both English and Czech. (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.

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. (Stolz)

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 474)

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

Introductory course in Ukrainian language including grammar, extensive drills both oral and written, reading of dialogues and supplementary materials. Some work should be done in the language laboratory. The textbook to be used is MODERN UKRAINIAN by Professor Assya Humesky.

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.

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)

Slavic Literatures and Cultures: Surveys and Comparative Courses (Division 474)

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 Russian and East European Studies 395.

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