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. (Mersereau)

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. (Mersereau)

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. (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, various selections of Russian poetry. Classes are conducted in Russian, with regular discussions. Weekly essays, a midterm and a final are required. Longer and more demanding texts are read in 352 than in 351, and an initial fluency in reading is expected. (Humesky)

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

Russian 401 is offered during the Fall Term and Russian 402 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. (Challis)

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.

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. A course conducted in Russian. (Humesky)


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

The course covers about five decades of Russian literature from 1930 to the present. We shall begin with work written in the Stalin period, years dominated by a rigid theory ("Socialist Realism") of what was appropriate in Soviet literature. After this period, writers began to question the ideological and moral foundations of their society to a greater extent, in some works which were published in the Soviet Union (e.g., One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and in many which circulated only "underground" and were published abroad (Doctor Zhivago, The First Circle). Within "official" Soviet literature greater thematic and stylistic flexibility also emerged, especially in the 1970's and 1980's. Many of the works we read in the second half of the course 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 implications. But the major emphasis is on the aesthetic qualities of the works and their place in the Russian literary tradition. (Eagle)

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)

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

This course, a continuation of Russian 471, will examine aspects of Russian poetry from the end of Symbolism to the present day. It will combine literary history with detailed analysis of selected texts. Among the poets studied will be: Pasternak, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovskii, Khodasevich, Khlebnikov, Kuzmin, Brodskii. Short presentations will be required of participants. A midterm, a final, and a paper are also required. (Makin)

480. Popular Sub-Genres in Modern Russian Literature. (3). (Excl).

A historical and comparative survey of the "entertaining" sub-genres characterized by stable plots and themes: SF, crime, historical romance, adventure, etc. Extensions of these in children's literature and nonfiction. Analysis of selected "classics" and "commercials" with regard to their specific plot structure, subject matter, narrative and descriptive techniques, ideological trends, and social impact. (Ronen)

Courses in Armenian (Division 474)

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

Assuming no prior exposure to the language, first-year Armenian aims at establishing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Class time is spent on explaining grammar, reading, oral translation and guided conversation. Frequent short homework assignments and listening to tapes which parallel the textbook. Grade is based on homework, classroom participation and three hour-exams. (Misirliyan)

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

Second year Armenian constitutes the third and fourth term of the four-term sequence in Western Armenian. It aims at improving the student's reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Guided classroom conversation, daily readings, occasional short essays. Time permitting, brief introduction to Eastern Armenian through simple readings. Grade is based on classroom participation, homework and one to two hour exams. (Misirliyan)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

142. First-Year Czech. Czech 141 or equivalent. (4). (FL).

This course is a continuation of Czech 141 with emphasis on the development of reading and speaking skills in target language. Students with previous knowledge of any other Slavic language may inquire at the Slavic Department Office for enrollment in this course. (Kajlik)

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

Selected readings in Czech literature on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required. All readings are in both English and Czech. (Kajlik)

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.

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.


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. (Babic)

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

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

439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

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

Courses in Ukrainian (Division 474)

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)

Slavic Literatures and Cultures: Surveys and Comparative Courses

312/RC Hums. 312. Central European Cinema. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).
: Cinema has played a crucial critical role in the socialist countries of Central Europe during the last three decades. Depending on the specifics of the political history of the particular country, certain periods (1966-68 in Czechoslovakia; the late 1960's and early 1970's in Yugoslavia; the late 1970's in Poland to 1981; and Hungary throughout the 1980's) have been particularly "open." The best cinema of these periods presents a remarkably frank and rich portrait of these societies often more critical than would be allowed in journalistic prose or in literature. The course will address the possibilities of film language as they have revealed themselves in the specific social, political, cultural, and ideological context of Central Europe. Among the topics covered will be the Czech New Wave (Kadar, Klos, Menzel, Forman); the Polish New Wave (Polanski, Wajda) 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 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 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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