Slavic Languages and Literatures

Courses in Russian (Division 466)


101. First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103 or 111. (4). (LR).

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 per 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. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide 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.

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

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 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.

103/RC Core 193. Intensive First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 101, 102, 111, or 112. (8). (LR).

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. This course 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 to 20 hours of homework per week, including four to five hours in the language laboratory. Cost:2 WL:4

105. Spoken Russian I. Russian 101 or equivalent; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 102. (1). (Excl).

Russian 105, 106, and 107 are designed for students who wish to supplement their work in Russian grammar classes with more conversation practice. The courses meet for one hour per week, and are one credit hour. Students are expected to be prepared to converse on assigned topics. The conversation courses are recommended for those students considering a concentration in Russian, or for students from the Center for Russian and East European Studies. These courses are calibrated to move together with the regular Russian grammar courses, and are limited in size to 15 students, assuring all those interested have the opportunity to speak up in Russian. Generally 105 is appropriate for students in Russian 102, 106 for students in Russian 201, and 107 for students in 202 or even 301. An individual oral evaluation at the beginning of the course, and again at the completion, serves to provide a basis for the final grade. Participation is heavily considered in the final grade. Cost:1 WL:3 (Shishkoff)

106. Spoken Russian II. Russian 102 or equivalent; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 201. (1). (Excl).

Conversation practice course for students in Russian 201. See description for Russian 105.

107. Spoken Russian III. Russian 201 or equivalent; student must be concurrently enrolled in Russian 202. (1). (Excl).

Conversation practice course for students in Russian 202. See description for Russian 105.

201. Second-Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

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 8-12 hours of homework per week. Cost:3 WL:4

202. Second-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 201 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

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 special 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 requires 8-12 hours of homework per week. Cost:3 WL:4

301. Third-Year Russian. Russian 202 or equivalent and satisfactory scores on a proficiency test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (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. Cost:2 WL:4

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

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). Work in class and in the language lab covers the following: advanced Russian phonetics, reading of various texts, compositions, and oral reports. Work in grammar covers Russian verbal prefixes and aspects, a review of the verbs of motion, participles, and verbal adverbs. Progress is checked by examinations and term papers. (Shevoroshkin)

414. Political Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The course is planned for advanced Russian students, who are oriented toward economics and politics. In particular juniors and seniors seeking experience in political science or political studies. Emphasis will be placed on the specialized vocabulary of politics and international affairs. The text is POLITICAL RUSSIAN, by Simes and Robin with audio-tapes. Weekly quizzes, final. Cost:2 (Shevoroshkin)

419. Russian Stylistics. Russian 402 or 403 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).

This is a course in "practical stylistics," devoted to the analysis of stylistic syntax and morphology of standard Russian, as well as certain areas of lexical usage. Exercises and reading material are provided. Weekly translations from and into Russian. A midterm and a final examination. (Humesky)


231/UC 174. Russian Culture and Society: An Introduction. (3). (HU).

This interdisciplinary course seeks to acquaint students with the major achievements of Russian art, music, literature, architecture and cinema, and is taught with the aid of multimedia visual and audio presentations. As we examine the evolution of Russian culture from the 10th century to the present day, we will be exploring everything from Russian icons to the architecture of St. Petersburg, the prose of Dostoevsky and the music of Shostakovich, the exquisite Easter eggs designed by the jeweller Carl FabergÈ for the last Russian tsars, and classics of Russian cinema such as Eisenstein's great film Ivan the Terrible, in whose production Stalin played a direct role. Despite the raising of the Iron Curtain at the end of the 1980s, Russia continues to remain "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma," and this course provides an opportunity to explore in detail the paradoxes of a society which has produced some of the world's most barbaric rulers and some of its finest artists, writers, and musicians. The course is designed to appeal to students with no background in Russian studies, and to those thinking about becoming Russian concentrators. No knowledge of Russian is required. Cost:3 (Bartlett)

351. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 202 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).

This course is an introduction to Russian prose (selected short stories and excerpts from novels) of the 19th and 20th centuries. Classes are conducted in Russian. There are two take-home essays (in Russian), a midterm and a final (partly in English). Class discussion is encouraged. There are also oral presentations (one per student) on individual authors (life and work). The course increases vocabulary, reading speed, written and oral fluency, while developing literary-analytical skills. (Humesky)

355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

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 credit hours elected, but must correspond to the writing expectations of upper-level department courses.

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 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 Soloviev, Briusov, Balmont, 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 Soloviev's Three Conversations through Belyi's Petersburg to Zamiatin's We. Midterm and a final take-home examination. (Ronen)

451/RC Hums. 451. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

The focus in this course is on the masterpieces of Russian fiction written between 1820 and 1870, now universally regarded as classics of world literature. Detailed analyses of the major novels and short stories written during this period by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Goncharov, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy (including Crime and Punishment and War and Peace) will be accompanied by an examination of the life and literary careers of these writers and an exploration of the social and intellectual milieu in which their works were produced. Introductory lectures will trace the development of Russian literature from its beginnings in the 11th century and explore the particular factors which shaped its extraordinary destiny in the nineteenth century. The assigned readings will include the most important 19th-century Russian novel written by a woman: Karolina Pavlova's A Double Life. Lectures with discussion encouraged. Two papers, midterm, and a final. Cost:2 WL:1 (Bartlett)

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

A detailed examination of the literary career and major fiction of Fedor Dostoevskii. His novels and short stories, including Poor Folk, The Double, Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Devils, and The Brothers Karamazov are read and analyzed. His contribution to literary and literary-political discussions of the time is assessed. Two papers, two examinations. Lectures, with discussion encouraged. Cost:2 WL:1 (M.Makin)

491. Senior Honors Course. Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). 491 and 492 may be elected for a total of 6 credits.

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 supervisor and participation in an informal seminar are expected. Studies continue with 492.

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

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

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. Cost:1 (Bardakjian)

271/Armenian 271. Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 172. (4). (LR).

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 course pack. Cost:2 (Bardakjian)

417/Armenian 417. Struggle for Nationalism: An Introduction to Modern Armenian Literature. (3). (Excl).

One powerful force that helped reshape the course of Armenian history in the 19th century was the literature of the age. Armenian writers reviewed and revised the principal elements of Armenian identity in such ways as to help the Armenians accomplish the crucial transition from being a cluster of communities to a national Land, in many ways prefiguring Armenian attitudes in the 20th century. This course will explore this theme as well as other concerns and aspirations in the works of major Armenian writers of the 19th century. One short term paper and a final exam. (Bardakjian)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

241. Second-Year Czech. Czech 142 or 143. (4). (LR).

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. Cost:1 (Brodska)

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

Selected readings in Czech on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required. Cost:1 (Brodska)

483. Czech Literature from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

A survey covering basic literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with stress upon more recent works. Required readings are in English translation. (Toman)

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


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

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. Cost:1

221. Second-Year Polish. Polish 122 or equivalent. (4). (LR).

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. Cost:1 WL:4

321. Third-Year Polish. Two years of Polish or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).

This course builds substantially on work done in 221-222, Second-Year Polish. Emphasis on recognizing and practicing various styles: writing business and personal letters; scholarly and artistic prose; poetry; diplomatic, contemporary slang; and translation for publication. Cost:2 WL:3


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 analysis of texts required. A knowledge of Polish is NOT required. All readings in English translation. Can NOT be taken as tutorial. Cost:3 WL:3 (Carpenter)

450. Directed Polish Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

The course is designed for students who wish to read Polish texts in the original. Readings are selected individually by students in consultation with the instructor, and they cover different fields including literature, art, philosophy, journalism, and history. Prerequisite: three years of Polish or equivalent. Students are evaluated on the basis of oral and written reports. No exams. Cost:1 WL:3 (Carpenter)

Courses in Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

131. First-Year Serbo-Croatian. (4). (LR).

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. Cost:1 WL:5 (Stolz).

439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 8 credits.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for extensive reading in Serbo-Croatian of a variety of materials at an advanced level. The subject matter covered is dependent upon the preparation and interest of the individual student. Texts range from belles-lettres (short stories, novels) through journalism and history. Cost:1 WL:4 (Stolz)

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 494)

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

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. (Rogovik)

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). Cost:1 WL:3 (Humesky)


150. First Year Seminar. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Section 002 Understanding Russia through its Heretics and Holy Fools.
An introduction to Russian culture, through an examination of some of its most extraordinary and colorful features. Russia's remarkable and numerous heretics, literal and figurative, from the Middle Ages to the present day, and its holy fools, ancient and modern, have played an abiding and surprisingly central role in the definition and re-definition of "Russian-ness," and have attracted many modern writers, artists, and historians, who have seen in such "outsiders" elements key to an understanding of Russian as a whole. Moreover, the political history of modern Russia has meant that the concept of heresy and the role of the holy fool have remained possible and even necessary features of social and cultural life up to the present day. Materials - including texts, music, film, and paintings representing a range of interests and historical periods will be examined; figures to be studied include: the great prose authors of the nineteenth century (including Tolstoy and Dostoevsky), the seventeenth-century schismatic Avvakum, author of the "first Russian autobiography," and the dissidents and martyrs of the Soviet period; if possible, a visit to a Russian sectarian community in the Midwest will also be included in the course. Requirements are: active participation in class discussion; one presentation; four short (two-to-three page) papers; a final, longer (ten-page) paper. (M.Makin)

151. First Year Seminar. (4). (Introductory Composition). Laboratory fee ($35) required.
Section 001 Russian Film, Russian Life.
In this seminar we will explore the competition between differing social and cultural values in 20th century Russian life by examining how these values have been represented in Russian film. All of the films to be seen and discussed in the seminar involved events in Russian history (from life in the medieval period to the collapse of the USSR) and in contemporary Russian society. Even what the "historical" films have to say about art, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social issues is always targeted toward the debates of the periods in which the films were made. Thus, two time periods are always relevant: the era the film depicts and the era in which it was produced. Film in Russia was subject to varying degrees of ideological control. But visual film language proved in many ways difficult to censor completely, so that in many periods ingenious film directors were able to work within the system, balancing the Communist Party's preferred views on issues with their own, more or less dissident, views. The end of censorship in the mid-1980s brought a new, more frank, treatment of many themes: nationalism, religion, youth culture (rock and roll, punk), women's issues, the role of the artist in society. In all cases, we will have an eye not only on issues as they were relevant in the past, but also on their effects on perceptions and debates within Russia today. (Eagle)

225/UC 173. Arts and Cultures of Central Europe. (3). (HU).

The course is an introduction to the rich cultures of the peoples of Central Europe (Croats, Czech, Hungarians, Jews, Poles, Serbs, and Slovaks) seen against the background of two world wars, communism, and its recent disintegration. Culturally vibrant, Central Europe reveals the tragic destiny of twentieth-century civilization which gave rise to two totalitarian systems: fascism and communism. The course will outline the ethnic complexities of the region, with special attention to Jewish culture and its tragic destruction during the Holocaust. The trauma of the war on the civilian population will be documented by contemporary films. The course will examine the fate of culture under totalitarianism, and study subterfuges used by novelists, dramatists, and artists to circumvent political control and censorship. Students will read works by Kafka, Milosz, Kundera and Havel, see movies by Wajda and others, become acquainted with Czech and Polish avant-garde art and music, and the unique cultural atmosphere of Central European cities: Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Warsaw. (Carpenter, Toman, Eagle)

313/RC Hums. 313. Russian Cinema. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

In the 1920's Soviet filmmakers armed with bold new ideas about cinematic art and with a revolutionary political ideology created the theory of film montage and through it a decade of acknowledged masterpieces. In the 1930's experimentation gave way to an officially sanctioned "socialist realist" art, ideologically dogmatic and oriented toward the regime's specific political and social goals. However, after Stalin's death experimentation and diversity reemerged in Soviet cinema. Although "socialist realism" remained the officially sanctioned style, directors were able to reintroduce personal themes, and, more subtly, reintroduce religious and philosophical issues. The 1980's saw the reemergence of a variety of approaches (from documentary "naturalism" to symbolic allegory, from satire and parody to the grotesque) and open political and social criticism in the spirit of glasnost. Films such as Scarecrow (1984), My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985), Repentance (1986), and Little Vera (1988), Taxi Blues (1991), and Burnt by the Sun (1994) examined with amazing frankness the dismal economic and spiritual consequences of the Stalin-Brezhnev years. The course will examine this rich history, in terms of both themes and styles. Evaluation will be based on contributions to class discussion and three short (5-7 page) critical papers. Cost:3 WL:4 (Eagle)

395/REES 395/Pol. Sci. 395/Hist. 332/Soc. 392. Survey of Russia: The Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the Successor States. (4). (SS).

See REES 395. (Bartlett)

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 modern theoretical approach will be used, and the presentation will be balanced between diachronic (historical) and synchronic (descriptive) treatment of the languages, including adequate discussion of standardization. The course is also appropriate for undergraduate Russian concentrators in both junior and senior years. Grading will be based on class participation, oral reports and written tests. Cost:1 WL:5, Ask at Slavic Dept. tel 764-5355 or in pers. at 3040 MLB (Stolz)

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