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 is introduced to the basics of Russian pronunciation and grammar. The course begins with an intensive study of the Russian sound system and orthographic rules (the alphabet and correct spelling). Students spend an average of 1.5 hours a day working in the language lab in the first few weeks of the course. After the basics of pronunciation and spelling are mastered, the course turns to the basics of the Russian grammar and the nature of the homework shifts. Now students spend two hours each week in the language lab, but do an average of 1 1.5 hours a night writing exercises. By the end of the term class is conducted entirely in Russian. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. This class, just as Russian 102, 201, and 202 has evening exams. Students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies might consider taking the intensive class, Russian 103.

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

In this course, the sequel to Russian 101, students complete their survey of Russian grammar, expand their vocabulary and learn to express themselves in Russian about topics of interest including Russian and Soviet history and culture. The class is conducted entirely in Russian and is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. Students are expected to spend at least two hours a week listening to tapes in the language lab and to complete 1-1.5 hours of written homework every night. This course entails three hourly exams which are given in the evening over the course of the term.

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.

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 reviews and expands grammatical concepts first covered during the First-Year Russian (101 and 102) courses, focusing on verbal aspect, declension, and the verbs of placement. The course also emphasizes speaking and listening skills: classes are conducted in Russian. Students are expected to complete 8-12 hours of homework per week.

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 assumes students' knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, and involves a comprehensive study of the declension of numbers, the use of verbs of motion (with and without spatial prefixes), the formation and usage of participles and gerunds. Students read and write texts of increasing complexity, discussing Russian and Soviet history, culture and other topics of interest. The course is conducted in Russian and requires 8-12 hours of homework per week

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

Third-year Russian starts with the assumption that the basic aspects of the language have been assimilated, and therefore emphasizes practical skills reading, writing, and speaking. Difficult grammatical points are reviewed, vocabulary is greatly enlarged, idiomatic constructions are studied. It is a recitation course and students are asked to participate in class discussion and give oral reports. Students are evaluated on the basis of both their oral and written performance. (Milman)

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.

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, and practical stylistics as an instrument of style. Students read short stories by different Russian authors, plays, articles from newspapers and magazines, and write compositions and give oral reports. (Milman)


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

This historical survey of Russian literature from 1890 to 1921 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 Zamyatui's WE. 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. (Mersereau)

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

Survey of the development of Russian poetry from Simeon Polockij to Lermontov. Open to seniors or those with fourth year level of Russian. Conducted in Russian. Texts will be handed out. Recommended: Boris Unbegaun RUSSIAN VERSIFICATION. Periodic quizzes, a midterm and a final. (Humesky)

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)

463. Chekhov. (3). (HU).

This is a lecture course devoted to the study of Chekhov's narrative and dramatic works against the background of 19th century Russian literature. Conducted in Russian. Fourth year level knowledge of Russian is required. Survey courses on 19th century Russian literature recommended. Two essays, one on short stories and another on drama, plus a final examination (all in Russian). (Humesky)

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

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

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Armenian. Reading, writing and speaking are equally emphasized. Homework assignments and listening to tapes on a regular basis, frequent short tests and a final examination are required. Overall performance throughout the year/term and in the final examination and compliance with requirements will determine the grade. (Bardakjian)

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

This course concentrates on reading Armenian texts with commentaries on grammatical and stylistic points, and an equal emphasis on conversation and frequent written work. Grade is based on performance, attendance and a final examination. The reading material consists of the literature appended to Bardakjian's and Thomson's A TEXTBOOK OF MODERN WESTERN ARMENIAN and of texts selected from J. Etmekjian's AN ANTHOLOGY OF WESTERN ARMENIAN LITERATURE. (Bardakjian)

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.

Readings in Czech literature will be arranged individually according to the student's area of specialization and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142, or an equivalent, is required. (Toman)

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


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

Assuming no prior knowledge of the language, First-Year Polish aims at establishing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Class-time is spent on explaining grammar, reading and guided conversation. Homework consists of studying new vocabulary, memorizing structures, writing exercises, and spending one or two hours a week in the lab working on pronunciation. Grading is based on ten minute vocabulary quizzes and thirty minute grammar tests given every week, class participation and a final exam. The text for the course is BEGINNING POLISH by Alexander M. Schenker. Polish 121 covers units 1 through 13, Polish 122 (2nd term) covers units 14 through 25. (Piekarski)

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 analyze part of the material in the original.

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. (Rowenchuk)

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 Linguistics (Division 474)

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

The course provides a general survey of linguistic approaches to the Slavic languages. Topics include the fundamentals of phonetic, phonological, morphological and syntactic analysis. A further area of concentration involves a survey of methods of historical linguistics and their application to the history of Slavic languages. Historical and typological characteristics of contemporary Slavic languages is also part of the course. Grading will be based on class participation, oral reports and written tests. (Toman)

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

See REES 395.

480. Survey of Slavic Civilization. (3). (HU).

The course is an historical introduction to Slavic culture and civilization. Topics include the geographical characteristics of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, the position of the Slavic peoples within the Indo-European population, the formation of Slavic states (Great Moravia, early Bulgaria, early Rus'), emergence of legal and religious institutions, as well as a survey of early Slavic art and architecture. The development of Slavic literacy and its implications for the modern socio-cultural situation will be focused on in addition. The course is designed both for graduate and undergraduate students. It will provide a basic common background both in factual and methodological terms for those who specialize in Slavic and East European studies and it will be attractive for anybody who seeks to supplement their education in the humanities. Assigned reading, including primary texts, will involve texts in English translation. Grading will be based on class participation, oral reports and written tests. (Toman)

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