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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 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 course 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):

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 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 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 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

Instructor(s):

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.

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RUSSIAN 203 / RCCORE 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 222. Russia Today.

Literature

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An examination of many aspects of the culture of Russia today: recent fiction, poetry, journalism; film and television; popular- and counter-cultural forms. Problems of ethnicity, religion, private and public life, etc., are explored in terms of their cultural depiction and distortion. Abiding features of Russian culture (such as the privileged role of the writer), the specific issues of a multi-ethnic country, the deeply contradictory situation of women, and the phenomenon of Russian culture beyond the country's boundaries are explored. The course aims to explore the many and diverse forms of "culture" within Russia, and simultaneously to raise questions about the meaning (and relativity) of the term culture in general. Three lectures and a discussion section. No background required; three short papers, three in-class tests, final exam, and journals required.

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RUSSIAN 225(Slavic 460). Russian for Heritage Speakers.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Snejana J Tempest

Prerequisites & Distribution: Native or near-native speaker. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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RUSSIAN 302. Third-Year Russian.

Language

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

Literature

Section 001 Late 19th-Century Russian Fiction and Drama.

Instructor(s): Olga E Maiorova

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

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 will also 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

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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 356(458). The Russian Short Story.

Literature

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is not required. (2). (HU).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course examines the Russian short story as a genre that articulates the relationship between the self and society. Works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, 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. Indeed, this course focuses on stories that have been seen to articulate the identities of particular social and cultural groups. 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 vacancies of self, doubling, metaphysical suicide, etc. No knowledge of Russian literature or history is assumed. Participation in class discussion, two short papers, and a final exam. Course pack from Accu-copy

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RUSSIAN 402. Fourth-Year Russian.

Language

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Olga E Maiorova

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 course 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 and Russian Review Grammar by Marianna Bogojavlensky; covers two terms.

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RUSSIAN 410 / EDCURINS 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. Optional textbook: Omaggio Hadley, Teaching Language in Context, 2nd edition.

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RUSSIAN 414. Political Russian.

Language

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 302 or 303. (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 472. Modern Russian Poetry.

Russian Literature in Russian

Section 001 Post-Symbolism. Meets With Russian 862.001. Reading knowledge of Russian is required

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An introduction to the late symbolist and postsymbolist poetry, and the current methods of its explication, with special attention to subtext analysis. The aim of the course is to develop such basic research skills as ability to translate accurately a Russian poetic text into English, annotate it, and analyze its structure and meaning. Requirements: active participation in class discussion; Three oral reports; written translations of set texts; final paper. Prerequisite: Russian 449; advanced knowledge of the Russian language; special interest in poetry.

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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).

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 divided by ideology, place of production, cultural orientation, and historical transformation. Among the authors examined in depth will be: Andrei Sinyavsky, Vasilii Aksenov, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky, Veniamin Erofeev, Evgenii Popov, Dmitrii Prigov, Sasha Sokolov, Viktor Pelevin, Vladimir Sorokin. Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. Knowledge of Russian not required. 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 482.002.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Knowledge of Russian not required. (3). (Excl).

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 492. Senior Honors Course.

Literature

Instructor(s):

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 Schonle (aschonle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Russian 302 or 303, 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, mostly in Russian. Text: course pack available from Accu-Copy.

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RUSSIAN 862. Seminar in 20th-Century Russian Literature.

Section 001 Post-Symbolism. Meets With Russian 472.001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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