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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://www.umich.edu/~russians/Pedagogy/page3.html

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

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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://www.umich.edu/~russians/Pedagogy/page3.html

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

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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

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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.

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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

Third-Year Russian, 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; (2) readings in Russian culture and literature; and (3) modern conversational Russian. It is a recitation course, and students are asked to participate in class discussions.

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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.

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 420. Russian Stylistics.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: RUSSIAN 402 or 403. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Russian literary styles are investigated in their historical perspective. Analysis of such stylistic features as choice of words and word order, differences between Russian standard and colloquial styles, and modern Russian slang. Through a close analysis of texts the specific stylistic features are discovered and evaluated. Analysis of "lofty" versus "low" style is made with regard to various literary schools and major individual authors from the 18th century on. The focus of this course may vary depending on the preparation of the students, e.g., a particular literary school or author(s) may be chosen. One essay and frequent home exercises. Thorough knowledge of Russian required. Course is conducted in Russian.

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RUSSIAN 474. Late 20th-Century Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 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: No homepage submitted.

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.

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 Russian Love 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 how Russian writers turned real love stories into literary ones. Knowledge of Russian not required.

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RUSSIAN 492. Senior Honors Course.

Literature

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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 a maximum of 6 credits.

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 Drama, Theatre, and Performance in Russ Society.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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RUSSIAN 563. Russian Literary Movements and Genres.

Literature

Section 001 The Theme of History in Russian Literature and Opera of the 19th Century. Open to upper-level undergraduate students. A knowledge of Russian is not required

Instructor(s): Boris Kats

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to upper-level undergraduates. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course offers interdisciplinary approach to one of the "hot spots" of the development of Russian cultural self-consciousness: the exploration of national history by artistic means in searches of national identity. The vivid interest in the roots of the nation and the state emerged in Russia in the 18th century and was greatly intensified in the next century due to the blossom of the Romantic movement. Three genres of different forms of art developed in close connection: historical novel, historical drama, and historical opera. The main focus of the course is an elucidation and comparison of these genres both in their historical and structural aspects. Why did historical plots become so attractive for Russian writers and composers? Which periods of Russian history appeared to be of the most interest to them? To what extent was such an interest caused by the contemporary events? In what aspects were novel, drama, and opera close to or far from each other in their representing and interpreting the available historiographic sources? To what degree did such interpretations become indeed misinterpretations of certain historic facts? By what means did each of the genres convey the spirit, manners, and social conditions of the past age? How powerful was the influence of the genres upon the historians' attitudes towards certain historic facts or heroes? Where can one find the most reliable historicity: in historiography, in literary fiction, or in operatic theater? By what way may myth be turned into history and vice versa? These and the similar questions will be raised and discussed from the points of view of historiography, literary criticism, and musicology on the specific Russian material:

  • historical studies by Karamzin, Polevoj, Sergey Soloviev, Kluchevsky, a.o.;
  • literary works by Pushkin, Zhukovsky, Lazehchnikov, Zagoskin, Mey, Alexej K. Tolstoj, Lev Tolstoy, a.o.;
  • and operas by Verstovsky, Glinka, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, a.o.

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