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 learns the basics of Russian pronunciation and grammar. The skills of reading and writing, as well as listening and speaking, are developed rapidly through the use of humorous stories, skits, and classroom rituals. The course material is designed to be interesting and engaging, so that the student enjoys the subject matter about which s/he is communicating in Russian. In each class period, about half the time is spent interacting in Russian: telling stories and inventing humorous skits using the grammar and vocabulary which is being learned. Generally a new story is also told to the class each period. The second half of the period is spent introducing new points of grammar. All the stories told in class appear in the textbook and are also on tape in the Language Laboratory, which is open 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. In the Language Lab students practice listening to stories and answering questions orally, and work on grammar drills as well. In addition, personal copies of all tapes can be made for the students. The text is A Russian Course by A. Lipson. Since classes are small (section size is limited to 18), students have ample opportunity to speak each period. Evaluation is based on classwork, homework, unit exams (of which there are three or four) and a final. Note: Russian 101, Russian 103, and Russian 111 are all beginning Russian courses. Credit cannot be granted for more than one of these.

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

This course is a continuation of Russian 101.

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 the material ordinarily covered in two terms in Russian 101 and 102. Since this is an intensive course meeting ten hours a week, the material is covered more thoroughly, and special emphasis is placed upon vocabulary building, speaking and comprehension. Especially recommended for students who intend to continue Russian beyond the second-year level.

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. (Titunik)

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 acquaints the student with the points of grammar not covered during the First-Year Russian (101 and 102) courses. More complex grammatical structures are introduced and more emphasis is placed on reading and conversation.

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 reviews the fundamentals of Russian grammar through written exercises and oral drills. Special emphasis is given to 'verbs of motion' and 'verb aspect', and to vocabulary development. Use of the language laboratory is strongly encouraged.

203. Second-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 201 or 202. (10). (FL).

An intensive course meeting ten hours a week, this course covers in one term the material which is usually covered in two terms in 201 and 202. Special emphasis is placed on speaking, comprehension, and vocabulary building. The course is especially recommended for students who intend to continue Russian beyond the second year level. (Shishkoff)

302. Third-Year Russian. Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed 303. (3). (N.Excl).

Third year Russian, 302, is a continuation of Russian 301, or it can be taken with permission from the instructor. It covers the following: (1) a review of Russian grammar (book: Exercises by the University of Michigan); (2) readings in Russian culture and literature; and (3) modern conversational Russian (book: Speaking Russian by Khavronina). It is a recitation course and students are asked to participate in class discussions. Students are evaluated on the basis of review grammar quizzes in class, translations, and compositions written at home. (Challis)

352. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 351. (3). (Excl).

Helps third year students make the transition from "textbook" Russian to the language of great Russian writers, and gives insight into the main trends of the 19th and 20th century Russian literature. Basic concepts and terminology of Russian literary scholarship are introduced. Conducted in Russian, compositions written in Russian. During the first term prose is presented, and during the second, poetry. Works by foremost Russian authors read in the original. (Suino)

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

The course is designed for students who have completed one or more courses in Russian literature and wish to continue, but are unable to enroll in a regular course owing to scheduling difficulties. Literary texts in various genres will be read and discussed, and papers will be required. Permission of chairman.

410. Methods of Russian Language Instruction. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Recommended for teaching assistants and instructors of Russian. This course provides a broad range of data, theory and techniques designed to make Russian teaching as effective as possible. Specific topics include: the A-L method and other theoretical approaches; how to improve student's pronunciation; types of drills and exercises (oral and written); teaching aids and specialized reference works; tips on maintaining student interest, etc. The course will be conducted in quasi-seminar fashion, but with a final exam. Each member will also give periodic demonstrations of teaching methods. Several guest lecturers will be featured. Text: Nelson Brooks, Language and Language Learning. Theory and Practice (any edition). (Dewey)

416. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 415. (3). (N.Excl).

Russian 415 is offered Fall Term and Russian 416 is offered Winter Term every academic year. Russian 415 and 416 emphasize difficult aspects of the Russian language, such as colloquial Russian, idioms and set phrases, use of the polite form in Russian speech, and practical stylistics as an instrument of style, synonymy of short and long adjectival forms, use of particles in spoken Russian, and analysis of different styles. Progress is checked by term paper. Students read short stories by different Russian authors, plays, articles from newspapers and magazines, and write compositions and give oral reports. (Fischer)

420. Russian Stylistics. Russian 402 or 403 or equivalent. (3). (N.Excl).

Investigation of stylistic features (choice of words, tropes, symbols, imagery, characterization and composition devices as related to thematics) of a particular literary school, movement, or another. Short essays. (Humesky)


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

This course features readings, lectures and discussions all in English. The major authors we deal with are Solzhenitsyn, Pasternak, Sholokhov and Bulgakov but we discuss others who are less well known to American readers. The course covers about five decades of Russian literature from 1930 to the present. We shall begin with work written in the Stalin period which ended in 1953. These include such works as Sholokhov's epic novel of revolutionary turmoil, The Quiet Don, which were actually published in the Soviet Union at that time as well as brilliant underground novels such as Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita and Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, which the authorities would not allow to be published. The second half of the course is concerned with works written since the death of Stalin. Some of them, such as Voinovich's The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin and Solzhenitsyn's The First Circle are a continuation of the stream of underground literature. Many of the works we read in the second half of the course, however, represent the literature which has actually been published in the Soviet Union. Here the emphasis is on poems and short stories, representing a variety of styles and points of view. Since the literature studied in this course has great contemporary relevance, considerable attention is paid to its social and ideological implication. But the major emphasis is on the aesthetic qualities of the works and their place in the Russian literary tradition. (Brown)

452/RC Hums. 452. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

This course, a continuation of Russian 451, covers the development of Russian literature from 1870 to the end of the century. Major authors read are: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Leskov, Garshin, Korolenko, Kuprin, Chekhov and Gorky. The course demonstrates the development of Russian Realism from its peak years to its decline on the eve of the appearance of Symbolism, thus ranging from the broad novels of Tolstoy (Anna Karenina) and Dostoevsky (The Brothers Karamazov) to the miniature views of the short stories and plays by Chekhov. All students will be instructed in literary analysis, although not to the exclusion of the formidable thematic content of Russian literature in the period under consideration. There will be two hourly examinations and a final, all take-home. A term paper approved by the instructor may be substituted for the second hourly examination. Discussions of the works under consideration will be held regularly. Attendance is required. (Mersereau)

455. Russian Poetry from 1840 to 1900. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (HU).

Russian poetry of the second half of the nineteenth century from realism to symbolism. All lectures and readings are in Russian. One paper, a midterm and a final. (Humesky)

472. Modern Russian Poetry. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (HU).

Selected readings in the verse and prose of Osip Mandelstam. An examination of Mandelstam's writings of various periods, beginning with an attempt to distinguish the poet of Kamen from his Symbolist predecessors, and continuing through the Voronezskie tetradi. Our chief concern will be Mandelstam's verse, but we will turn to his prose, too, as an inalienable part of the poet's corpus. Given Mandelstam's later description of Acmeism as the "longing for world culture," we will read other authors as well: among the Russians, we will look at works of Pushkin, Baratynskij, Tjutcev, Annenskij, Axmatova, and Cvetaeva. Thus a course on Mandelstam becomes a course on Russian poetry more generally. We will proceed primarily by close analyses of texts; some critical readings, especially essays by the poet's contemporaries, may be introduced as the occasion arises. Reading knowledge of Russian is required. There will be three short papers and one longer one. The course will be a seminar, with some short background lectures, but with most class time devoted to discussion. (Pollack)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

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

Readings in literature and special subjects, according to the students' needs and qualifications. All readings are in the Czech language.

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


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

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. (Borysiewicz)

222. Second-Year Polish. Polish 221. (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. (Carpenter)

322. Third-Year Polish. Polish 321 or the equivalent. (3). (HU).

The course builds on the knowledge of Polish acquired during the first and second years. Equal emphasis will be laid on the development of reading, writing, and speaking skills. Considerable attention will be given to special points of grammar and syntax. Aural comprehension will be enhanced through the use of videotaped films in the Language Laboratory. (Carpenter)


426. Polish Literature in English. (3). (HU).

This is a continuation of Polish 425, although there is no prerequisite. The course surveys the development of Polish literature in terms of individual authors and major literary movements. 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)

432. Topics in Polish Literature. Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students. A knowledge of Polish is not required. (2). (HU). May be elected for credit for a total of 6 hours.

This term the topic will be as follows: A study and analysis of the works of the most outstanding living Polish poet, Czeslaw Milosz, the 1980 Nobel Prize Laureate. The course will cover the entire literary output of Milosz, but the emphasis will be on his poetry. It will trace Milosz's philosophical and poetic evolution from his early catastrophism, through the war poems to the latest poems written in America. The course will focus on themes central in Milosz's poetry such as the problem of good and evil, history, civilization, the past and the present, Polishness, and exile. The course requires individual research and writing of an essay. It is offered in English. No Polish is required. (Carpenter)

Courses in Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

132. First-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 131. (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. (Stolz)

232. Second-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 231. (4). (FL).

A continuation of 231, with emphasis on developing skills in reading, writing, and speaking. (Stanic)

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 474)

152. First-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 151. (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. (Humesky)

252. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 251. (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. (Humesky)

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)

Courses in

Armenian (Division 474)

172/Armenian 172. First-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 171. (4). (FL).

First-Year Armenian gives a balanced presentation of grammar and conversation. Methods of instruction include lecturing and oral drills. Student evaluation will be based on examinations of the grammar covered and vocabulary quizzes. Coursepack provided by the instructor. (Misirliyan)

272/Armenian 272. Second-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 271. (4). (FL).

The course features conversation, reading, and composition. Student evaluation will be based on class participation and the quality of the written work. A course pack is provided by the instructor.

Slavic Literatures and Cultures: Surveys and Comparative Courses

312/RC Hums. 312. Soviet and East European Cinema. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

Soviet and East European cinema will be studied against the background of the artistic and political revolutions which helped shape it. The course will span the period 1917-1980, from the Russian pioneers of film montage to the varied cinematic approaches of contemporary East European directors. Films will be viewed, analyzed, and discussed, both with respect to the cultural trends and socio-political events of the period and country, and with respect to their intrinsic aesthetic structure. Topics will include the avant-garde concepts which Sergei Eisenstein brought to cinema; Pudovkin's use of montage to link narrative, his "plastic material," and his development of film acting; Kino-Eye and cinema verite as used by Dziga Vertov; the poetic cinema of Chukrai; the Czech New Wave (Kadar, Klos, Menzel, Forman); the Polish New Wave (Polanski) with its symbolist and surrealist tendencies; the Yugoslav New Wave, in particular Dusan Makavejev's collage of fiction film, documentary and pseudo-documentary. The course does not require any special background or knowledge of Russian or Eastern European languages. Instructional methods will consist of brief introductory lectures, screenings of films, and intensive discussion and analysis in class. Student evaluation will be on the basis of class discussion and three or four short papers. (Eagle)

396/Econ. 396/REES 396/Poli. Sci. 396/Hist. 333/Soc. 393. Survey of Eastern Europe. (4). (SS).

See REES 396. (Meyer)

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