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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Russian

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RUSSIAN 101. First-Year Russian.

Language

Instructor(s): Herbert J Eagle (hjeagle@umich.edu), Anne O'brien Fisher

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: 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 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.

There is a required grammar section (LEC) for Russian 101.

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RUSSIAN 102. First-Year Russian, Continued.

Language

Instructor(s): Herbert J 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: 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 class is supplemented by video shows. Students are expected to complete 1-2 hours of oral and written homework every night.

There is a required grammar section (LEC) for Russian 102.

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RUSSIAN 201. Second-Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Joseph Dissette Peschio (jpeschio@umich.edu)

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

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

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Joon-Sung Park (jspark@umich.edu)

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: 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/RC Core 293. Intensive Second Year Russian.

Language

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).

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.

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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 303. (4). (Excl).

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 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

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Snejana J 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: http://www.umich.edu/~russians/Pedagogy/page3.html

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 410/EducationD 437. Teaching of Russian.

Language

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An exploration of the multiple aspects of language teaching, including theoretical background. Topics of discussion include intercultural understanding, drilling, testing, computer-assisted instruction and multi-media technology. Emphasis on development of practical skills for classroom instruction.

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RUSSIAN 414. Political Russian.

Language

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 302. (3). (Excl).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course is planned for advanced Russian students, who are oriented toward economics and politics (in particular juniors and seniors seeking experience in political science or political studies). Emphasis will be placed on the specialized vocabulary of politics and international affairs. The text is POLITICAL RUSSIAN, by Simes and Robin with audio-tapes. Weekly quizzes, final.

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RUSSIAN 415. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Liudmila A Balyasnikova (ludmilab@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 402 or 403. (3). (Excl).

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Russian 415 emphasizes difficult aspects of the Russian language, such as colloquial Russian, idioms and set phrases, and practical stylistics. Students are evaluated on the basis of both oral and written performance.

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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): Andreas Xavier Schönle (aschonle@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 Anna Karenina 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 novels, short stories, poetry, and plays, with special attention to his American Period.

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RUSSIAN 460. Russian Social Fiction.

Literature

Section 001 Picaresque.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Russian picaresque humor, satire, fantasy and science fiction in the 19th and 20th centuries against the background of the occidental and oriental traditions. Novels, short stories and plays by Gogol, Alexei Tolstoy, Ehrenburg, Bulgakov, Ilf and Petrov, Babel, L. Solov'ev and others. Lectures and discussion. Knowledge of Russian not required. Midterm reports and final paper.

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RUSSIAN 467. Russian Literature of Imprisonment.

Literature

Section 001 Meets with Russian 862.001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines Russia's varied and tragically extensive literature devoted to imprisonment and exile, concentrating on the experience of the Stalinist GULAG, while also looking at earlier and (briefly) later forms. Fiction, memoirs, documentary works, letters, poetry, folklore, and song will all be examined. Works by the following authors, among others, will be read: Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, Shalamov, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Evgeniya Ginzburg, Sergei Dovlatov. Knowledge of Russian is not required. The ways in which the experience of imprisonment and related phenomena (exile; being the relative of a prisoner, and so on) are expressed will be examined, as will the influence of such statements on concepts of genre in literature, on ideas of national history and identity in culture, and on the sense of identity for individuals and groups. Three informal lectures per week, with discussion encouraged. Two papers and three in-class examinations. No background knowledge, and no knowledge of Russian required.

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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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RUSSIAN 499. Advanced Seminar in Russian.

Literature

Section 001 Drama, Theater, and Performance in Russian Society.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 302 and 351. Taught in Russian. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar will explore the role of drama, theater, and performance in Russian society during the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics of discussion range from the theatricality of everyday life to the political resonance of particular plays and productions, including those by avant-garde artists such as Meyerhold. Authors discussed in this context include Pushkin, Gogol, Chekhov and Mayakovsky. Emphasis will be placed on the relations between literature, theaters, and institutions of power. This seminar serves as the capstone course for the concentration in Russian, and is open to qualified non-concentrators and graduate students. Requirements are short weekly readings in Russian in a variety of genres, watching some plays, active participation, one short oral presentation, and two short papers, all in Russian.

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