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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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RUSSIAN 101. First-Year Russian.

Language

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 103 or 111. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/russian/101/001.nsf

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 course is supplemented by video shows. Textbook: Nachalo I.

There is a required grammar/culture section (LEC) for RUSSIAN 101.

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RUSSIAN 102. First-Year Russian, Continued.

Language

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 103, 111, or 112. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/russian/102/002.nsf

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 course is supplemented by video shows. Students are expected to complete 1-2 hours of oral and written homework every night. Textbook: Nachalo II.

There is a required grammar/culture section (LEC) for RUSSIAN 102.

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RUSSIAN 201. Second-Year Russian.

Language

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 203. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~russians/Pedagogy/page3.html

This course reviews and expands grammatical concepts first covered during the First-Year Russian (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: V Puti by Frank Miller and Olga Kagan and workbook; cost is $73.00 and covers two terms.

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RUSSIAN 202. Second-Year Russian, Continued.

Language

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 201. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 203. (5). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~russians/Pedagogy/page3.html

This course assumes students' knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, and involves 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: V Puti by Frank Miller and Olga Kagan.

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RUSSIAN 203 / RCCORE 293. Intensive Second Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alina Udalchenko Makin (resco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 201 or 202. (8). (LR). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~resco/lvl26.html

An intensive course meeting eight hours a week + Language lunch table and Russian Tea, this course covers the material which is usually covered in two terms in RUSSIAN 201 and 202. Special emphasis is placed on speaking, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary building. The course is proficiency oriented and is especially recommended for students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies and who want to gain rapid mastery of Russian. The goal of this course is to expand vocabulary and to master grammatical structures and syntax to the level of competency required to pass a proficiency examination. This entails developing the ability to communicate with some ease with a native speaker in spoken and written language. Students must understand the content of texts and lectures of a non-technical nature.

Required textbooks and materials:

  1. V puti: Russian Grammar in Context by Olga Kagan and Frank Miller, Prentice Hall, 1996. (PAK includes textbook, workbook and labtapes).
  2. Stories from Today's Russia: A Reader from Today's Russia by Derevyanchenko, Tschakh and Kokoryshkina, National Textbook Company, 1997.
  3. Course pack, available for purchase at Ulrich's.

Recommended, but not required textbooks and materials:

  1. The Russian Reference Grammar: Core Grammar in Functional Context by J. Watzke, J.Sweigert, Jr., Kendall/Hunt1997, ISBN 0-7872-4467-8.
  2. Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary by Katzner.

Cost: over $100

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RUSSIAN 302. Third-Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alina Udalchenko Makin (resco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 301. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 303. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~russians/Pedagogy/page3.html

During the course of the academic term, we will continue to work on the development of all four skills readings, writing, speaking and listening. We will review difficult grammatical points and work on the expansion of both passive and active vocabulary in the areas of politics, political news, national security, and economics. Students will be introduced to more complex vocabulary and syntactic structures typical of political texts.

Upon the completion of this course the student should be able to understand feature-length unabridged political texts from Russian printed media, understand short reports (four- to five-minute newscasts as well as political speeches), and to carry out a prolonged conversation with a native speaker, show developing argumentative and hypothetical skills, discuss social and political events and abstract notions, write three- to four-page essays on political topics.

Required textbooks and materials:

  1. Political Russian (Third Edition) by N. Simes and R. Robin, 2002. ACTR/Kendall Hunt, ISBN 0-7872-9270-2.
  2. On the Air: Russian Television and Politics by N. Simes, R. Robin and L. Guslistov, 1999. ACTR/SAIS/Kendall/Hunt, ISBN 0-7872-6035-5.

Recommended, but not required textbooks and materials:

  1. The Oxford Russian Dictionary: English-Russian, Russian-English, edited by Paula Falla. Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN 0198601530.
  2. A Comprehensive Russian Grammar by T. Wade, Blackwell, 1997. ISBN 0-63117502-4.
  3. A Grammar Workbook by T. Wade, Balckwell, 1996. ISBN 0-63119381-2.

Cost: over $100

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RUSSIAN 348(452) / RCHUMS 348. Survey of Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001 Russian Fiction and Drama in the late 19th Century.

Instructor(s): Olga E Maiorova

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course provides an introduction to the major masterpieces of Russian fiction and drama written in the last third of the 19th century. Among the works to be studied are such classics of world literature as Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov. We also will read some of Chekhov's best short stories and one of his plays. Other texts: Proffer, From Karamzin to Bunin; Turgenev, Spring Torrents; Tolstoy, Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories; and a course pack available from Accu-Copy. Texts will be analyzed in the context of the monumental changes Russian society was undergoing at that time. We will trace how writers positioned themselves with regard to the social, intellectual, and religious issues dividing their contemporaries. Topics include gender relations, violence and repentance, utopia, suicide, love and modernity, the metaphysics of beauty, Russia and the West. Midterm, a final, and two short papers. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is required.

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RUSSIAN 355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature.

Literature

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students develop a term-long reading and writing project on a topic or topics in Russian literary or linguistic studies, in consultation with a member of the faculty. Readings may include substantial amounts of Russian. Weekly meetings with the supervisor may be conducted in English or Russian. Writing assignments made according to the number of credits elected, but must correspond to writing expectations of upper-level department courses.

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RUSSIAN 402. Fourth-Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Vitalij V Shevoroshkin (vvs@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 401. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RUSSIAN 403. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Continued work on vocabulary combined with the mastery of oral fluency and freedom of self-expression in speech and writing. Readings taken from Russian short stories and the press.

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RUSSIAN 474. Late 20th-Century Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001 Meets with Russian 856.001.

Instructor(s): Michael Makin (mlmakin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/russian/474/001.nsf

Late Twentieth-Century Russian Literature surveys the work of major Russian authors in the last decades of the century. It examines the complex maps of a literature initially divided by ideology, place of production, and cultural orientation, and then re-integrated, but with major qualifications, by historical transformation. The re-making of Russian literature during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the emergence of new literary discourses and institutions in the 1990s, and the savage polemics about the nature and function of literature and of writers which have characterized that period will be among the major themes. Knowledge of Russian not required. This course may be used to fulfill one of the requirements for the undergraduate degree in Russian. Three hours per week, with informal lectures and discussion providing the teaching structure. Two papers and three in-class exams will be required of undergraduates, graduate students may write one long paper instead.

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RUSSIAN 479. Vladimir Nabokov and World Literature II: The American Years.

Literature

Section 001 Meets with English 482.003.

Instructor(s): Omry Ronen (omronen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Knowledge of Russian not required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course is the second part of the survey of Nabokov's life work. It will be devoted entirely to the American period of Nabokov's writing and cover his novels Bend Sinister, Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire, Ada, Transparent Things, and Look at the Harlequins, as well as most of his English-language short stories and poems. Special attention will be paid to his activities as a translator, literary scholar, and educator. Students will be expected to read a wide selection of scholarly and critical works on Nabokov. Undergraduates concentrators in any field, including natural sciences, especially biology; graduate students of Slavic, English, Romance, German, and comparative literature, linguistics, and visual arts.

Three hours, lecture. Intensive reading; participation in class discussion; midterm report on secondary reading; final take-home examination or a research paper.

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RUSSIAN 482. Ten Masterpieces of Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001 Love Stories in Russian Short Stories.

Instructor(s): Boris Kats

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (2). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An infinite variety of happy/unhappy lovers, multiform stages and nuances of male/female falling in love, the difference between the positions of men and women in love and marriage, attitudes of different generations toward love, conflicts, and rivalry in love triangles of many kinds as well as manifold emotions and situations provoked by love (from admiration to hatred, from awesome self-denying to fatal jealousy, from struggling with sexual temptations to plunging in reckless love adventures, etc.) - all this and more will be discussed as the life material for highly individual (serious or ironic) versions of sentimental, classical, romantic, realistic or pre(post)modernist short stories composed by famous Russian storytellers such as Karamzin, Pushkin, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekov, Bunin, and Nabokov. The stress will be made on certain artistic means by which Russian writers turned love stories into literary ones. Knowledge of Russian not required.

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RUSSIAN 492. Senior Honors Course.

Literature

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Approval of departmental Honors Committee. Permission of instructor required. Credit is granted for a combined total of six credits of Russian 491 and 492. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of RUSSIAN 492, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

During 492 (the second half of the year-long Honors course) the student produces a draft of a thesis of fifty to one hundred pages on a topic in literary or linguistic studies, and then, in consultation with a thesis supervisor and the Honors advisor, the final version of the thesis. Regular meetings with supervisor, participation in informal seminars, and successful submission of thesis lead to the award of an Honors degree in Russian. An oral defense may be required.

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RUSSIAN 499. Advanced Seminar in Russian.

Literature

Section 001 Images of the "Provincial" in 19th- and 20th-Century Russian Culture.

Instructor(s): Michael Makin (mlmakin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 302 or 303, and 351. Taught in Russian. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/russian/499/001.nsf

In Russia the "provinces" begin at the edges of Moscow and St Petersburg everything beyond the two "capitals" is "provincial" in the world's largest country. Thus the vast majority of Russians live in the "provinces", although the country's culture (as its economy and politics) is dominated by the two capitals. The geographical extent of Russia, the inaccessibility of even major centers of population, a very centralized institutional structure, obvious economic imbalances, and many other factors go into sustaining the sense that "provincial" Russia is remote, backward, and homogeneous. At the same time, opposite claims are often heard: that here is the "real" Russia, uncontaminated by non-native influences, unchanged by time, pure, and beautiful a model from which the capitals have deviated to their own detriment.

This course will examine a series of images of the "provincial" in nineteenth and twentieth-century Russian culture, using readings not only from fiction, poetry, and travel narratives, but also from beyond the realm of belles lettres (there will be significant use of Internet resources, for example).

In a series of course modules we will explore how the Russian provinces have been imagined, presented, and distorted by those who inhabit them, by those who mythologize them, by those who dread them, and by those who love them. Three short papers, a final presentation, and a term paper. The course is taught in Russian, with participation in discussions required. All assignments are in Russian.

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