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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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


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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)



SLAVIC 151. First Year Seminar.

Section 001 — Russian Short Stories. Taught in English.

Instructor(s): Andreas Xavier Schönle (aschonle@umich.edu)

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). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee may be required.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee may be required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the Russian short story as a genre that explores the relationship between the self and society. Works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Babel, Nabokov, and others will be read to analyze their intrinsic narrative and thematic complexity and to explore their function as a contested site of cultural identification. This course can serve as an introduction to Russian culture, but it also illustrates the ways in which a particular genre can contribute to constructing the identities of social and cultural groups, regardless of national distinctions. Topics to discuss include the relationship between the self and fate, popular culture, social and sexual otherness, history, revolution, memory, or alcoholism, as well as emptiness of self, doubling, metaphysical suicide, etc. Emphasis will be placed on the development of analytical skills that enable close readings of narrative texts. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is assumed.

Seven 1-page response texts, three 5-page papers, class attendance, and participation.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

SLAVIC 270. Contract and Conflict: Jewish Experience in Eastern Europe through Art, Film and Literature.

Slavic Surveys

Section 001 — Contacts & Conflicts: Jews & Non-Jews in Eastern Europe in the Past Millennium. Taught in English. Meets with JUDAIC 317.002.

Instructor(s): Mikhail Krutikov

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/slavic/270/001.nsf

Until the Holocaust, the majority of Jews in the world lived in Eastern and Central Europe. For centuries Jews lived in that multi-ethnic and multicultural region side by side with people of other nationalities and religions (Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, Belorussians, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Lithuanians, Germans). The Jewish-Christian coexistence was not always easy, but, despite all the tensions and conflicts, the Jews of Eastern and Central Europe succeeded in creating a most original and diverse culture that combined profound religious piety with extreme secularism, and political and aesthetic conservatism with daring experiments in literature, arts, and film. We will explore the richness of East/Central European Jewish cultural heritage through the prism of fiction, poetry, memoirs, and movies, which were originally created in a variety of Jewish and non-Jewish languages. Special attention will be given to the experience of women and to their role in the society, their creativity, and their relationships with men. We also will learn how individual Jews and Jewish communities responded to the challenges of antisemitism, assimilation, modernization, and urbanization in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, we will learn how Jews were portrayed by non-Jewish writers and film makers.

Among the works that we will read and discuss are:

  • the novels and short stories of Yiddish classical writers Mendele Moykher Sforim, Sholem Aleichem, and Y.L. Peretz;
  • novellas of Yiddish modernists David Bergelson, the brothers I.J. Singer and Isaac Bashevis Singer and their sister Esther Kreitman;
  • fiction and poetry of the Hebrew authors Hayim Nachman Bialik and Hayim Hazaz;
  • Russian works by Anton Chekhov, Isaac Babel, and S. Ansky;
  • Polish prose by Eliza Orzeszkowa and Bruno Szulc;
  • works by the Czech author Jiri Langer;
  • journalistic reports by the German-Austrian novelist Joseph Roth, and others.

All readings will be in English, and students do not need to have any prerequisite knowledge of Judaism, European or Jewish history. Requirements: Two short papers and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

SLAVIC 312 / RCHUMS 312. Central European Cinema.

Slavic Film

Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Issues. Taught in English. Section 003 ONLY satisfies the Upper-Level Writing Requirement.

Instructor(s): Herbert J Eagle (hjeagle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. Taught in English. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($10) required in a full term.

Upper-Level Writing R&E Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required in a full term.

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).

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

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

Slavic Surveys

Section 001 — The Political Economy of Transformation in Eastern Europe.

Instructor(s): Katherine M Verdery

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in REES 397. Laboratory fee ($10) required.

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

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/anthrcul/317/001.nsf

See REES 397.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

SLAVIC 481 / JUDAIC 481. Central and Eastern Europe in 20th-Century Jewish Writing.

Slavic Surveys

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mikhail Krutikov (krutikov@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See JUDAIC 481.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

SLAVIC 490. Issues in the Cultures of Eastern Europe.

Slavic Surveys

Section 001 — Dismantling the Totalitarian State in Poland: Rock Kills Communism. Meets March 3-April 7. Knowledge of Polish is not necessary. Meets with REES 410.001. (Drop/Add deadline=March 9).

Instructor(s): Westwalewicz

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 3 credits. Laboratory fee may be required.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee may be required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will explore the complicated dynamics between popular culture and politics in Poland during the last two decades of communism.

This course will ask a series of intriguing questions. Did Polish popular culture destroy the very foundations of Communism? Or did the decline of Communism allow the increasingly critical voices of prominent cabaret artists, pop musicians, and cartoonists to express the sentiments of the population? Students will examine humor, music, and political and social commentary by such icons of Polish counterculture as Mynarski, Grzeskowiak, Chya, Mleczko, Olewicz, Mogielnicki, Ciechowski, and others. All materials will be presented in Polish with English translations. Knowledge of Polish is not necessary.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

SLAVIC 545. Workshop in Slavic Linguistics.

Slavic Linguistics

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jindrich Toman (ptydepe@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Workshop to provide opportunity for students to apply and expand their control of current methods and theories of linguistic analysis, including the theory and practice of translation from Slavic languages. Dialogue and lively interaction. Lectures, demonstrations, discussions.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of instructor


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