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Winter Academic Term 2002 Course Guide

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Courses in Slavic Linguistics, Literary Theory, Film, and Surveys

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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Slavic Linguistics, Literary Theory, Film, and Surveys
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Wolverine Access Subject listing for SLAVIC

Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Slavic Linguistics, Literary Theory, Film, and Surveys.

SLAVIC 151. First Year Seminar.

Section 001 New York, Paris, St. Petersburg: The City in Literature.

Instructor(s): Bogdana Carpenter (

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (4). (Introductory Composition).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will examine the image of the city in literature. Starting with the ancient Greek concept of polis and ending with contemporary America, it will follow the evolution of the city and its mythology through history. One of the most important components of modern civilization, the city is also a significant expression of cultural values and thus an excellent focal point for studying cultural differences, both across geographic and temporal boundaries. Cities can be unifying spaces, as in ancient Greece, but they can also be dividing spaces as in 20th-century Europe and America, when ghettoization became one of the distinctive features of the urban landscape. The course will examine the symbolism of the city in literature, and discuss it against the background of historical evidence.

Readings include passages from The Iliad, Balzac's Pere Goriot, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Albert Camus' The Fall, Italo Calvino's The Invisible Cities, James Baldwin's If Beal Street Could Talk, poems by Baudelaire, Poe and Milosz and films, plus a course pack available at Accu-Copy.

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SLAVIC 210. Slavic Cultures.

Section 001 New Amazons and Cyber-Feminists : Writing by Contemporary Russian Women. Meets March 12th-April 16th


Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This mini-course looks at the exciting range of women's writing that has emerged in Russia in the post-Soviet era, including not only fiction, but also drama, poetry, non-fiction, screenplays, and cyberspace writings. In this course we will explore the literary creations of Russian women across the genres, from the end of the Glasnost era to today. The anchoring points of the course are the formation of women's literary group "The New Amazons" in 1988 (and its literary production through the mid 1990's) and the explosion of the concept of "Cyberfeminism" in the current time period. In between these markers, the class will explore such writers as Liudmila Petrushevskaia, Liudmila Ulitskaia, Nina Sadur, Svetlana Vasilenko, Olga Sedakova, and Larisa Miller. All readings and discussions will be in English, and no prior knowledge of Russian language, literature, or culture is required. Requirements include weekly readings, short e-mail responses, and one five page paper.

For more information on the course or on registration, please contact me at

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SLAVIC 240. Introduction to Slavic Folklore.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Snejana Tempest (

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course aims to give beginning students a background for the study of folklore in general, as well as special insight into the folklore and folklife of the Slavic peoples (including dress, music, dance, cooking, customs, ritual). Lectures, readings, and discussions will provide an introduction to the varied folklore of the Slavs. No specialized background required. All reading in English. Short papers, midterm, and final examination. Texts: Aleksandr Afanas'ev, Russian Fairy Tales; Vladimir Propp, The Morphology of the Folktale.

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SLAVIC 312 / RCHUMS 312. Central European Cinema.

Section 001 Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Issues.

Instructor(s): Herbert J Eagle (

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Upper-Level Writing R&E Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

During four decades of Communist Party rule, the film industries of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia were under state control. One positive result of this was ample funding for serious films about social and political topics; one serious drawback was the existence of a censorship apparatus which made criticism of the policies of the existing regimes very difficult (though not impossible). Nonetheless, in certain thematic areas, particularly those dealing with racial and ethnic intolerance and with the plight of women in patriarchal societies, filmmakers in East Central Europe were able to be more incisive, frank, and provocative than is generally possible within the profit-driven, entertainment-oriented Hollywood film industry. This is not to say that the Communist regimes themselves gave priority to ameliorating the living conditions of their ethnic minorities or of women. But talented and committed filmmakers were able to take advantage of the progressive official pronouncements of these regimes with regard to ethnic and gender issues in order to craft powerful films, films which the regimes had no grounds to suppress or censor.

This course will study some of the most important films made in four thematic categories:

  1. the Holocaust the reactions of people in East Central Europe to the genocidal plans of the Nazis, from indifference and collaboration to heroic acts of altruism;
  2. ethnic discrimination and its consequences in more recent years the depressed economic status of the Roma (Gypsies); animosity among Croats, Serbs, Moslem Bosnians and Albanians, leading to Yugoslavia's past and present civil wars as well as the countervailing examples of a commonality of humanistic values and peaceful coexistence among people of these ethnicities;
  3. women's lives under state socialism women in the work force in large numbers, but plagued by a "double" or "triple" burden, with continued primary responsibility for domestic work and child care, as well as by persistent patriarchal attitudes toward sex and marriage in society as a whole;
  4. the response of Central Europe's leading women filmmakers, who, in different contexts and with different stylistic approaches, have presented heroines who rebel and struggle against the patriarchal order.

We will view and discuss films from Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia, and Macedonia dealing with the above issues. We also will give attention to the artistic structure of the films how they go about transmitting their themes with power and emotion. Evaluation will be based on class participation and three short (5-6 page) papers; all students must write a paper for Unit I, and then for two of the remaining three units (the course is divided into four units).

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SLAVIC 396 / REES 396 / HISTORY 333 / POLSCI 396 / SOC 393. Survey of East Central Europe.

Section 001 The Political Economy of Transformation in East Central Europe. Meets with REES 397.001.

Instructor(s): Katherine M Verdery (

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in REES 397. (4). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage:

See Russian and East European Studies (REES) 397.001.

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