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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Russian


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)



RUSSIAN 101. First-Year Russian.

Language

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 103 or 111.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/russian/101/001.nsf

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 course 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.

There is a required grammar section (LEC) for RUSSIAN 101.

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RUSSIAN 102. First-Year Russian, Continued.

Language

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 101. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 103, 111, or 112.

Credits: (5).

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 course is supplemented by video shows. Students are expected to complete 1-2 hours of oral and written homework every night. Textbook: Nachalo II.

There is a required grammar section (LEC) for RUSSIAN 102.

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RUSSIAN 103 / RCCORE 193. Intensive First-Year Russian.

Language

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (8). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 101, 102, 111, or 112.

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 and carries eight credits. Students are expected to complete approximately 16-20 hours of homework per week and attend four hours of co-curricular activities (Russian Table/Russian Tea).

The goal of this course is to provide the student with a basic but solid knowledge of grammatical structures and syntax, a functional vocabulary, familiarity with intonation patterns and native pronunciation, and practice in speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Both vocabulary and grammatical structures are presented in a situational context. Abundant cultural material is introduced throughout the course. Upon the completion of this course, the student can understand simple written texts or short spoken passages without the aid of a dictionary, and can carry on a short, elementary conversation.

Required textbooks and materials:

  1. Russian Stage One: Live From Moscow! (Volume 1) by Davidson, Gor, and Lekic, Kendall/Hunt, 1996. PAK: textbook, workbook, video- and audio-tapes.
  2. Russian Stage One: Live from Moscow! (Volume 2) by Davidson, Gor, Lekic, Kendall/Hunt, 1996. PAK: textbook, workbook, video- and audio-tapes.
  3. Course pack at Dollar Bill.

Recommended, but not required:

  1. Russian Stage One: Live From Moscow! Volume I CD-ROM, 1998. Kendall/Hunt, ISBN 0-7872-4520-8.
  2. Russian Stage One: Live From Moscow! Volume II CD-ROM, 1998. Kendall/Hunt, ISBN 0-7872-4678-6.
  3. The Russian Reference Grammar: Core Grammar in Functional Context by J. Watzke, J. Sweigert, Jr., Kendall/Hunt 1997, ISBN 0-7872-4467-8.
  4. Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary by Katzner.

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RUSSIAN 201. Second-Year Russian.

Language

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 102 or 103. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 203.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course reviews and expands grammatical concepts first covered during the First-Year Russian (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 202. Second-Year Russian, Continued.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rogovyk

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 201. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 203.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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RUSSIAN 301. Third-Year Russian.

Language

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 202 or 203, and satisfactory scores on a proficiency test. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 303.

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, and vocabulary is greatly enlarged. Upon the completion of this course, the student can understand prolonged written and spoken passages on familiar topics, carry out a prolonged conversation, and write two- to three-page essays on assigned topics. The course studies social and political reforms, works on the acquisition of core active and passive vocabularies in the areas of history and politics, introduces students to more complex vocabulary and syntactic structures typical of historical and political texts.

Required textbooks and materials:

  1. Russian Reforms: Revolutions from Above by S. Maksudov, Natalia Pokrovsky, FC-IZDAT Publishers, 1998. ISBN 0-9637035-6-0.
  2. A Comprehensive Russian Grammar by T. Wade, Blackwell, 1997. ISBN 0-63117502-4.
  3. A Grammar Workbook by T. Wade, Blackwell, 1996. ISBN 0-63119381-2.
  4. Course pack at Dollar Bill.

Recommended, but not required textbooks and materials: Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary by Katzner.

Cost: $100.

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RUSSIAN 347(451) / RCHUMS 347. Survey of Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001.

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

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

Foreign 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.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

  • Aleksandr Pushkin, Eugene Onegin (Dana Point: Ardis, 1993)
  • Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time (Dana Point: Ardis, 1988)
  • Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons (New York: Norton, 1994)
  • Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (Oxford: World's Classics Ser., Oxford UP, 1991)
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (New York: Norton, 1989)
  • Course pack from Accu-Copy.

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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 or 203. Taught in Russian. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/russian/351/001.nsf

This course is an introduction to Russian prose and verse. Classes, readings, and writing assignments are in Russian. The principal requirements are: weekly response papers; three short essays; and a final presentation and paper. 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

Instructor(s):

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

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

Instructor(s): Vitalij V Shevoroshkin (vvs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 302 or 303. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 403.

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 449. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001 — Historical Survey of Russian Literature from 1890 to 1921.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign 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 462. Dostoevsky.

Literature

Section 001 — Fedor Dostoevsky & St. Petersburg. Meets with RUSSIAN 852.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/russian/462/001.nsf

A detailed examination of the literary career and major fiction of Fedor Dostoevsky. His novels and short stories, including Poor Folk, The Double, Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov are read and analyzed. His contribution to literary and literary-political discussions of the time is assessed. This year, the course will pay special attention to Dostoevsky's St. Petersburg works, and his contribution to the image of the city. Two papers, three in-class examinations. Lectures, with discussion encouraged.

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RUSSIAN 478. Vladimir Nabokov and World Literature I: The Russian Years.

Literature

Section 001 — Meets with English 482.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Knowledge of Russian not required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is a first part of a historical as well as theoretical introduction to Nabokov's intellectually challenging literary art as a unique phenomenon of Russo-American cultural synthesis. Readings during fall term include Russian short stories and novels (King-Queen-Knave, Glory, The Eye, Despair, The Gift, Invitation to a Beheading, and the unfinished Solus Rex), plays (The Grand-dad and The Waltz Invention), selected poetry, and Nabokov's first English novel The Real Life of Sebastian Knight. The students will be expected to read a wide selection of scholarly and critical works on Nabokov.

There will be a midterm paper (consisting of a critical report on selected items of secondary reading) and a final take-home exam: a selection of essay topics, and some specific questions and i.d.'s. Independent research papers of high quality (the best were last year published in "The Nabokovian") instead of a final take-home are encouraged, as are lively contributions to class discussion.

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RUSSIAN 491. Senior Honors Course.

Literature

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Approval of departmental Honors Committee. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Credit is granted for a combined total of six credits of RUSSIAN 491 and 492. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (RUSSIAN 492), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

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 RUSSIAN 491 the students should have a detailed bibliography and a prospectus for a thesis. Regular meetings with the advisor are expected. Studies continue with RUSSIAN 492.

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