Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Russian (Division 466)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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Russian 101. First-Year Russian.

Language

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103 or 111. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 class is supplemented by video shows. Students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies might consider taking the intensive class, Russian 103. Textbook: Nachalo I.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Russian 102. First-Year Russian, Continued.

Language

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 111, or 112. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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Russian 201. Second-Year Russian.

Language

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course reviews and expands grammatical concepts first covered during the First-Year 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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 201. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

Russian 203/RC Core 293. Intensive Second Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alina 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).

Credits: (8).

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

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 2, 3

Russian 302. Third-Year Russian.

Language

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 352. Introduction to Russian Literature.

Russian Literature in Russian

Section 001 Taught In Russian.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 351. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a practical introduction to Russian poetry from Derzhavin to the present day, including principles of versification. Selected readings from the course pack and from The Heritage of Russian Verse (ed. by D. Obolensky). Class readings and discussion, one midterm essay, regular oral presentations by students of the poems of their own choice. Final examination. Taught in Russian.

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Russian 355. Supervised Reading of Russian Literature.

Literature

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

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

Instructor(s): Snejana Tempest (tempest@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 401. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 403. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Russian 401 is offered during the Fall Term and Russian 402 is offered during the Winter Term of every academic year. Prerequisites: Russian 401 or by written permission of instructor. The class is conducted entirely in Russian. Bi-weekly grammar tests and final oral presentation. Textbook: Let's Talk About Life! by Emily Tall and Valentina Vlasikova; covers two terms.

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Russian 450. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001.

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides a survey of Russian literature from the beginning of the Soviet period to the present day. Individual texts are analyzed and placed in the context of political and cultural history. Among the writers examined are: Babel", Bulgakov, Platonov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Sokolov, Erofeev. For the first half of the course the artistic innovations of the 1920s will be contrasted with the totalitarian aesthetics of High Stalinism. The second half of the course will examine the artistic and ideological currents in Russian literature since the death of Stalin: the so-called "thaws," prison camp literature, "underground" and "unofficial" literature in the Brezhnev period, émigré literature, and finally, the mosaic of Russian literature in and after the last years of the Soviet empire. Three lectures, with discussion encouraged. No background knowledge required. Two papers and three in-class examinations.

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Russian 452/RC Hums. 452. Survey of Russian Literature.

Literature

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Halimur Khan (hrkhan@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn 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 War and Peace and Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov. We will also read some of Chekhov's best short stories and his play Three Sisters. 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 453. Émigré Literature: Nabokov.

Literature

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A detailed survey and analysis of Nabokov's Russian and English novels, short stories, poetry, and plays.

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Russian 469. 20th-Century Authors.

Literature

Section 001 Babel/Platonov. Meets with Russian 862.001. Taught in English.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Taught in English. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the works and careers of two of the masters of twentieth-century Russian prose: Isaak Babel and Andrei Platonov. Examined in detail will be: Babel's brilliant, compact short stories, including his "Odessa Tales" and the cycle Red Cavalry; and Platonov's "distopian" tales The Foundation Pit and Chevengur, together with other outstanding short stories. These works will be individually analyzed, but also read with due regard for their historical context (the first decades of Soviet power; the emergence of "Soviet" Russian literature; the increasing repression of the producers of that literature). The relative liberalism of the 1920s and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of the 1930s provide not only the historical background to the careers of each author, but also the thematics and physical shaping circumstances (non-publication, non-completion, and so on) of individual works.

Literary relations to the preceding generations of Russian Modernism, and to other cultural models (including, for Babel, Russian-Jewish and Yiddish literature, and, for Platonov, folklore and social philosophy), will also be examined, while the belated posthumous "return" of both authors in the late- and post-Soviet period also becomes an integral part of the story of each author's reception and literary fate, raising intriguing questions of chronology in literary history. Informal lectures, with discussion encouraged. Two papers, three in-class examinations.

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Russian 492. Senior Honors Course.

Literature

Prerequisites & Distribution: Approval of departmental Honors Committee. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). Credit is granted for a combined total of six credits of Russian 491 and 492.

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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