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Fall '00 Course Guide

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Courses in Russian (Division 466)

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Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

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Russian 101. First-Year Russian.

Language

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103 or 111. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 1.5-2 hours per day working with tapes and writing exercises. The class is supplemented by video shows. 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. Textbook: Nachalo I.

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Russian 102. First-Year Russian, Continued.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 111, or 112. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 history and culture. The class is supplemented by video shows. Students are expected to complete 1-2 hours of oral and written homework every night.

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Russian 103/RC Core 193. Intensive First-Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alina Makin (resco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 111, or 112. (8). (LR).

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~resco/services.html

This course covers in one term what is ordinarily covered in two terms of Russian 101 and 102. The course carries eight credits and is designed for highly motivated students who wish to acquire rapid mastery of Russian. It is especially recommended for students intending to choose a concentration in Russian Language and Literature or Russian and East European Studies. Students are expected to complete approximately 16-20 hours of homework per week, including 3-4 hours in the language laboratory. Students are also required to participate in four hours of co-curricular activities outside of the class room per week (daily Russian lunch table; weekly Russian tea).

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Russian 201. Second-Year Russian.

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. Students are expected to complete 9-12 hours of homework per week. Textbook: V Puti by Frank Miller and Olga Kagan and workbook; cost is $73.00 and covers two terms.

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Russian 301. Third-Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alina Makin (resco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 202, and satisfactory scores on a proficiency test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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. Students are evaluated on the basis of their oral and written performances.

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Russian 351. Introduction to Russian Literature.

Russian Literature in Russian

Section 001 Taught in Russian.

Instructor(s): Michael Makin (mlmakin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 202. Taught in Russian. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to Russian prose. Classes, readings, and writing assignments are in Russian. The principal requirements are: weekly journals, three essays, and three one-hour, in-class examinations. Class discussion is encouraged. The course increases vocabulary, reading speed, and written and oral fluency, while developing literary-analytical skills.

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Russian 355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature.

Literature

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students develop a term-long reading and writing project on a topic or topics in Russian literary or linguistic studies, in consultation with a member of the faculty. Readings may include substantial amounts of Russian. Weekly meetings with the supervisor may be conducted in English or Russian. Writing assignments made according to the number of credits elected, but must correspond to writing expectations of upper-level department courses.

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Russian 401. Fourth-Year Russian.

Language

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Snejana Tempest (tempest@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 302. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 403. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Russian 401 is offered during the Fall Term and Russian 402 is offered during the Winter Term of every academic year. Prerequisites: three years of Russian (minimum). Classwork, homework, and labwork include: grammar and word formation; reading and listening (films and TV news included); discussions; oral reports and compositions. Bi-weekly grammar tests and final oral presentation. Textbook: Let's Talk About Life! by Emily Tall and Valentina Vlasikova; cost is $42.00 and covers two terms.

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Russian 413. Business Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vitaly Shevoroshkin (vvs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 302. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is planned for advanced Russian students (3rd year and above) who are oriented toward economics or business. In particular this would target seniors seeking experience in international business and graduate students in the Center for Russian and East European Studies Master's Degree program (or in various departments, who either wish to pursue employment opportunities in business or government or who wish to get a Ph.D. in economics, political science, or history). The course will focus upon the vocabulary and locations of commercial Russian, both oral and written. Students will be expected to learn format and jargon for various types of business communication. No final examination.

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Russian 449. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001 Russian Literature, 1890-1921.

Instructor(s): Omry Ronen (omronen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This historical survey of Russian literature from 1890 to 1921 covers the final achievements of realism and the response to modernism in the later works of Tolstoy and Chekhov, the art of symbolism, the post-symbolic 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 Solov'ev, Briusov, Bal'mont, Merezhkovsky, Hippius, Sologub, Blok, Belyi, Viacheslav Ivanov, Annensky, Kuzmin, Khodasevich, Gumilev, Akhmatova, Mandel'stam, Khlebnikov, Maiakovsky, Pasternak, Tsvetaeva, Esenin, and Kliuev. Students select their own readings in prose and drama out of an extensive list of titles ranging from Solov'ev's Three Conversations through Belyi's Petersburg to Zamiatin's We. Midterm and a final take-home examination.

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Russian 451/RC Hums. 451. Survey of Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001 Russian Fiction, 1820-1870.

Instructor(s): Andreas Schönle (aschonle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is presupposed. (3). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course focuses on the masterpieces of Russian fiction written between 1820 and 1870, including such classics of world literature as Tolstoy's War and Peace and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Evolving fast from Romanticism to High Realism, this period marks a blossoming of Russian culture, despite strained relations with political authorities. We will trace how writers treated the political, social, intellectual and religious issues dividing their contemporaries, creating a unique kind of literature that claimed authority over society in settling these problems. Topics include romantic self-fashioning and posturing (including such risky aristocratic games as dueling and gambling), gender relations, the fate of the educated in society, violence and repentance, reform and stagnation, history and the private self, Russia and the West. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is presupposed. Participation in class discussion, two short papers, and a final exam.

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Russian 461. Pushkin.

Russian Literature in Russian

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Omry Ronen (omronen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 352. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the poetry, prose, and drama of Alexander Pushkin.

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Russian 463. Chekhov.

Literature

Section 001 Meets with Russian 855.001.

Instructor(s): Michael Makin (mlmakin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A detailed examination of the literary career of Anton Chekhov: his prose and drama are analyzed and assessed in the context of the literary, social, and political currents of his time, and as masterpieces of Russian literature. An informal lecture course, with contributions and discussion from students encouraged. This course should appeal to anyone interested in short story or in modern drama. It is taught in English, and all readings may be done in English. Two papers, three one-hour, in-class examinations.

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

Literature

Section 001 20th-Century Russian Critical Theory. Meets with Russian 861.001 and Comparative Literature 790.001.

Instructor(s): Andreas Schönle (aschonle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines twentieth-century Russian critical theory in its relationship with Western literary and cultural theory. Translated works by the Russian Formalists, Soviet semioticians (Lotman and Uspensky), Bakhtin and his circle, as well as contemporary post-modernists will be discussed in the light of comparable Western approaches. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between literature and the cultural environment. We will discuss issues such as literature as device, literature in its institutions, poetic form and play, aesthetic value and ritual, the theory of narrative and the search for a masterplot, the semiotics of literature, culture as text, dialogue and the novel, Marxist criticism, postmodernism and Stalinist ideology, and the mythology of everyday life in Russia and America. Among Western critics we will read works by Genette, Williams, Barthes, Hernstein Smith, Iser, Greenblatt, Jauss, de Man, Jameson, and Baudrillard. Very short weekly essays, one oral presentation, and one 15-page paper. Knowledge of Russian not required. All texts read in translation.

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Russian 491. Senior Honors Course.

Literature

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Prerequisites & Distribution: Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Credit is granted for a combined total of six credits of Russian 491 and 492.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The first half of the two-term Honors course. Honors students, working in consultation with the Honors advisor and a thesis supervisor conduct research on an area of literary or linguistic studies. By the end of 491 the students should have a detailed bibliography and a prospectus for a thesis. Regular meetings with the advisor are expected. Studies continue with 492.

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