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.

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. (Shishkoff)

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. (4). (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).

This course, a continuation of Russian 351, introduces further aspects of Russian literature and literary criticism, and develops linguistic skills. It aims to increase vocabulary, improve reading skills, and enable students to write fluently in Russian, while providing an introduction to Russian literary history and critical methodology. Students are required to read, in Russian, a wide variety of literary texts. Classes are conducted in Russian, with regular discussions. Weekly essays and tests, and two examinations are required. Longer and more demanding texts are read in 352 than in 351, and an initial fluency in reading is expected. (Makin)

402. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 401. No credit granted to those who have completed 403. (4). (N.Excl).

Russian 401 is offered Fall Term and Russian 402 is offered Winter Term every academic year. Prerequisites: three years of Russian (minimum). Course deals mostly with Russian verbs that is the use of perfective and imperfective aspect of the verb; reflexive verbs, verbs with close meaning or synonyms; verbs with different prefix; use and idiomatic meaning of the verbs of motion without prefix and with prefix; participles and verbal adverbs. Students read short stories of different Russian authors, write compositions on given topics and make oral reports. Progress is checked by a term paper and oral report. (Fischer)

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)

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 author. Short essays involving stylistic analysis. (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, gives an account of some of the major developments in Russian prose, poetry, and drama in the last third of the nineteenth century. While particular attention is given to questions of literary analysis, individual works are also studied in the context of the history and politics of the period, and against the background of general currents in literature. Tolstoi's Anna Karenina, Dostoevskii's The Brothers Karamazov, and the major plays and prose of Chekhov are among the works studied. Class discussion is encouraged. Two take-home examinations, two papers, and several brief in-class commentaries are required. (Makin)

457. Russian Drama from Ostrovsky to the Present. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (HU).

The major representatives of the Russian theater of the second half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries including Ostrovsky, Chekhov, and Gorky, the Symbolists; A. Blok and L. Andreev and the post-revolutionary period from Vladimir Majakovsky to Evgenij Schwartz. Conducted in Russian. Two take-home essay-type exams and a final. (Humesky)

466. Gogol. (3). (HU).

This course studies the prose fiction and plays of Nikolai Gogol especially written in the context of the history of Russian literature and literary criticism. A reading knowledge of Russian is assumed but students with no knowledge of Russian may participate by special arrangement with the instructor. (Titunik)

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

An analysis of the place of poetry in modern Russian literature and culture. Basic principles of Acmeist and Futurist poetics. Modernism, tradition, and individual achievement are discussed. Detailed analysis of selected poems by Annenskij, Kuzmin, Xodasevic Xlebnikov, Gumilev, Axmatova, Mandelstam, Pasternak, Cvetaeva, Majakovskij, and Esenin. A retrospective evaluation of their literary and historical significance, aesthetic merits, and influence upon modern critical thought and literary, linguistic, and semiotic scholarship. Reading knowledge of Russian required. (Ronen)

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. (Suino)

Courses in Polish (Divsion 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. (Witkowski)


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)

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. (Jerkov)

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

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

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 474)

152. First-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 151. (4). (FL).

Introductory course in Ukrainian language. Course aims at the acquisition of the four basic language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. Emphasis is on the acquisition of the fundamental structure and vocabulary of Ukrainian through extensive oral and written drills and through the reading of dialogues and supplementary materials. Use of language laboratory required. The textbook to be used is Modern Ukrainian by Professor Assya Humesky. (Litus)

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. (Misirliyan)

Slavic Literatures and Cultures: Surveys and Comparative Courses (Division 474)

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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