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 1.5-2 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: Live from Moscow, Stage I, Volume I by Davidson, Gor and Lekic. Cost:2 WL:4

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 supplemented by video shows. Students are expected to complete 1-2 hours of oral and written homework every night. Textbook: Live in Moscow, Stage I, Volume II by Davidson, Gor, and Lekic. Cost:2 WL: 4

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 of 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. The 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 16-20 hours of homework per week, including 3-4 hours in the language laboratory. Cost:3 WL:3 (A. Makin)

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 9-12 hours of homework per week. Textbook: Russian, Stage II by C. Martin and J. Sokolova. Cost:2 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 verbal adverbs. 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. Textbook: Russian, Stage II by C. Martin and J. Sokolova. Cost:2 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 their oral and written performances. Cost:2 WL:4 (A. Makin)

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). 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 exam. Cost:1 WL:4

413. Business Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

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 examinations. Business Russian by Nyusya Milman will be the primary textbook. (Shevoroshkin)


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 jeweler Carl Fabergé 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. Classes are conducted in Russian. There are essays, a midterm and a final (all in Russian). Class discussion is encouraged. The course increases vocabulary, reading speed, written and oral fluency, while developing literary-analytical skills. (M. Makin)

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)

461. Pushkin. Russian 352 or permission of instructor. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

This course discusses the poetry, prose, and drama of Alexander Pushkin. (Ronen)

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)

476(Slavic 567). Russian Literary and Cultural Theory and the West. (3). (Excl).

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 by 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 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, Herrnstein 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. (Schönle)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

141. First-Year Czech. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Czech 141 and 142. (4). (LR).

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. Cost:1 WL:1 (Brodska)

341. Third-year Czech. Czech 242. (3). (Excl).

The course reviews and deepens knowledge of Czech grammar, expands vocabulary, and enhances the overall proficiency through exposure to a variety of Czech language and culture materials, such as current journalism, media materials and the like. Students with interests in professional areas can design their work in accordance with their field of specialization. Students who complete third-year Czech should be able to participate in conversations with native speakers and read a broad variety of texts with the aid of a dictionary. (Toman)

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. (Brodska) Cost:1

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


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

Introductory course presenting basic grammatical information and vocabulary. Course is geared toward active language use through oral drills and conversational practice. Conversations and discussions include a cultural component to familiarize students with both the Polish language and culture.

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 language, 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 a 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: there 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)

231. Second-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 132 or the equivalent. (4). (LR).

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 (video, film, folk dance, food, etc.). Cost:1 (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 and novels through journalism and history. Cost:1 WL:4 (Stolz)

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 494)

251. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 152 or the equivalent. (4). (LR).

This course involves reading, speaking, writing, and grammar. Tests and conversational topics are based on Ukrainian culture, history, literature, and poetry. The new addition to this course will include business Ukrainian. Daily preparation, quizzes, and tests are required of all students. Cost:1

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

Slavic Linguistics, Literary Theory, Film, and Surveys (Division 474)

150. First Year Seminar. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Section 001 Cultural Diversity of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.
This course will explore the extraordinary cultural diversity of Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia, where European and Asian cultures met and often clashed, and whose culture is a unique blend of Western and Oriental influences. Two papers and short reviews of films, stories, and articles. (Shevoroshkin)

Section 004 Love, Sex, and Marriage in Russian Literature and History. This course will investigate the sexual and romantic life of Russians from the Middle Ages to the present, as depicted in literature and history. Topics include gender roles in marriage; extramarital sex; various concepts of love and their effect on women's life; the communists' domestication of sex; the post-Soviet sexual revolution; the contemporary homosexual scene; and the resistance to feminism. (Schönle)

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. Cost:2 WL:4 (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, introduce 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:2 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). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

See Russian and East European Studies 395. (Rosenberg)

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)

181/Armenian 181. First-Year Eastern Armenian. (4). (Excl).

This course is designed for beginners with no previous knowledge of Eastern Armenian (the state language of Armenia). Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are equally emphasized. Homework assignments, 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)

418/Armenian 418. The Post-Genocide Literature of the Armenian Dispersion. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Although most of the Western Armenian writers were put to death during the genocide, there occurred almost no hiatus in the course of Armenian literature. A younger generation, many of whom were orphans, soon bridged the gap and revived the literary tradition. France, the U.S., and the Middle East (mainly Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt) emerged as the most active centers of Armenian literary activities. All three groups manifested different reactions to the trauma they had suffered. The Armenian writers of France questioned old Armenian values. Those of the Middle East too revived memories but, at the same time, they held a more optimistic view of the present and future of their nation. This course will highlight these and many of the other ways in which the Armenian dispersion has tried through literature to understand and deal with its unprecedented tragedy and its consequences. The format will be lectures and short discussions. Students will be required to write two term papers in addition to a final exam. English translations of texts will be used; no knowledge of Armenian is required. No prerequisites. (Bardakjian)

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