SLAVIC LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES


Courses in Russian (Division 466)

Language

101. First-Year Russian. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103 or 111. (4). (LR).

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 hours a day working in the language lab in the first few weeks of the course. After the basics of pronunciation and spelling are mastered, the course turns to the basics of the Russian grammar and the nature of the homework shifts. Now students spend two hours each week in the language lab, and do an average of 1-1.5 hours a night writing exercises. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. This class, just as Russian 102, 201, and 202 has evening exams. 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: Russian, Stage I by Bitekhina, Davidson, and others. Cost:2 WL:4

102. First-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 101 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 103, 111, or 112. (4). (LR).

In this course, the sequel to Russian 101, students continue their survey of Russian grammar, expand their vocabulary and learn to express themselves in Russian about topics of interest including Russian and Soviet history and culture. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide shows. Students are expected to spend at least two hours a week listening to tapes in the language lab and to complete 1-1.5 hours of written homework every night. This course entails three hourly exams which are given in the evening over the course of the term. Textbook: Russian, Stage I by Bitekhina, Davidson, and others. Cost:2 WL:4

201. Second-Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

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 8-12 hours of homework per week. Textbook: Russian, Stage II by C. Martin and J. Sokolova. Cost:3 WL:4

202. Second-Year Russian, Continued. Russian 201 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 203. (4). (LR).

This course assumes students' knowledge of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, and involves a comprehensive study of the declension of numbers, the use of verbs of motion (with and without spatial prefixes), the formation and usage of participles and gerunds. 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. Russian, Stage II by C. Martin and J. Sokolova Cost:3 WL:4

203. Second-Year Intensive Russian. Russian 102 or 103 or equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 201 or 202. (10). (LR).

An intensive course meeting ten hours a week + Language lunch table, this course covers the material which is usually covered in two terms in 201 and 202. Special emphasis is placed on speaking, comprehension, and vocabulary building. The course is conducted in Russian and is especially recommended for students who intend to concentrate in Russian Language and Literature or in Russian and East European Studies. Students entering 203 should already have been introduced to the entire grammar (especially to all the case endings, singular and plural) and should have completed one of the standard first year textbooks, such as Russian, Russian For Everybody, Beginning Russian, or Russian Stage One. Students who have not completed such a textbook in their first year course are best advised to take Russian 102 before beginning the second year course. Cost:3 WL:2,3 (Peters)

302. Third-Year Russian. Russian 301. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 303. (4). (Excl).

Third year 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. Cost:2 WL:4 (Longan)

402. Fourth-Year Russian. Russian 401. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 403. (4). (Excl).

Russian 401 is offered during the Fall Term and Russian 402 is offered during the Winter Term of every academic year. Prerequisites: three years of Russian (minimum) plus one term of fourth level class. Course is proficiency oriented. Classwork, homework and lab work include: reading and listening comprehension (films and TV-news included); discussions and reports, compositions. Grammar and phonetics are reviewed in connection with the types of work mentioned above. Midterm and final exams. Cost:3 (Milman)

410/Educ. D437. Teaching of Russian. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl).

Required for teaching assistants and instructors of Russian. This course provides a broad range of data, theory and techniques designed to make Russian teaching as effective as possible. Specific topics include: the A-L method, teaching for proficiency, and other theoretical approaches; how to improve student's pronunciation; types of drills and exercises (oral and written); teaching aids and specialized reference works; tips on maintaining student interest, etc. The course will be conducted in quasi-seminar fashion. Each member will also give periodic demonstrations of teaching methods, and, as a final exam, will be required to teach 1 hr. class. Several guest lecturers will be featured. Cost:2 (Milman)

416. Analysis of Contemporary Spoken Russian. Russian 415. (3). (Excl).

This course is a continuation of Russian 415. The course will provide an analysis of selected features of modern spoken Russian. There will be numerous discussions by the students, exclusively in Russian, under critical directory of a native speaker. All required and supplementary reading is to be from contemporary source materials in the Russian language. This course is designed to provide special advanced training in conversational Russian for students beyond Russian 401-402. Cost:2 WL:3 (Barinova)

Literature

222/UC 176. Russia Today. (3). (HU).

An examination of many aspects of the culture of Russia today: recent fiction, poetry, journalism; film and television; popular- and counter-cultural forms such as rock music. 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; discussions encouraged; no background required; three short papers, final exam, and journals required. Cost:1 WL:4 (Makin)

352. Introduction to Russian Literature. Russian 351. (3). (Excl).

This is an introduction to Russian poetry. Selected readings from the anthology of Obolensky. Class discussions, two (2) essays on major poets plus weekly oral presentations of a poem of the student's choice (at least twice per term per student). There is midterm and a final examination. (Humesky)

450. Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

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; while 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 f 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, a midterm and a final examination. Cost:1 WL:4 (Makin)

452/RC Hums. 452. Survey of Russian Literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (HU).

This course provides an introduction to the major masterpieces of Russian prose fiction and drama written in the last third of the 19th century. Amongst the works to be studied are such classics of world literature as Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. We will also be reading a selection of Chekhov's best-known short stories, including "Ward 6" and "The Lady with a Little Dog." Detailed analyses of the assigned readings will be accompanied by an examination of the life and literary careers of each author, and by a discussion of their position in the literary and intellectual milieu of their time. 3 papers. Cost:2 WL:1 (Bartlett)

461. Pushkin. Russian 352 or permission of instructor. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).

This course discusses the poetry, prose, and drama of Alexander Pushkin. (Ronen)

464. Tolstoy. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

In this course we will be examining the life and literary career of the great Russian writer Lev Tolstoy. While we will focus particular attention on detailed analyses of Tolstoy's major prose masterpieces, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina, assigned readings will also be discussed in the context of Russian social and literary history, as well as in the context of this author's extraordinary life. We will also be investigating Tolstoy's significant contribution to world literature as one of the acknowledged masters of the European novel. No previous specialist knowledge is necessary. Three papers. Cost:2 WL:1 (Bartlett)

470. Russian Drama Since the Revolution. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

The course traces the development of the Russian theatre after the revolution of 1917. Major plays will be discussed against the historical background, including the governmental policies and various trends in stage production. Beginning with Majakovsky's "Mystery-Bouffe," the first play produced under the Soviets, we shall read plays by such authors as Trenev, Bulgakov, Olesha, Leonov, Schwartz, Arbuzov and others. The plays will be available in a course pack. There will be two short essays and a final examination. (Humesky)


Courses in Czech (Division 355)

242. Second-Year Czech. Czech 241 or equivalent. (4). (LR).

Continuation of Czech 241. Emphasis on reading, writing and oral skills. Quizzes, tests, language laboratory required; daily preparation essential. (Brodska)

484. Modern Czech Literature. (3). (Excl).

The course will cover major movements in Czech literature from the late 19th century to the present. Among the works of the pre-World War II period we will read are Jaroslav Hasek's The Good Soldier Schweik, Karel Capek's play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robot) and his novel The War with the Newts. Contemporary prose writers and playwrights will include Vaclav Havel, Josef Skvorecky, Ivan Klima, Ludvik Vaculik, Bohumil Hrabal, Pavel Kohout, Jiri Grusa, Iva Pekarkova and Milan Kundera. Twentieth century Czech poetry will be considered as well. We will survey Czech Symbolism, Poetism, and Surrealism, as well as the poetry of the 1960s-1980s. Authors and schools will be studied both within the particular Czech context and in a broader comparative perspective. Recent and contemporary literary developments will be stressed. All readings in English translation (although those able to read in Czech will be encouraged to do so). Evaluation of student work will be based on three papers and participation in class discussion. Cost:3 WL:1 (Eagle)


Courses in Polish (Division 447)

Language

122. First-Year Polish. Polish 121. (4). (LR).

Assuming no prior knowledge of the language, First-Year Polish aims at establishing the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Class-time is spent on explaining grammar, reading and guided conversation. After the first month of classes, reading is based on literary texts, including both Polish poetry and prose. Translations are done in a class in order to improve students' knowledge about Polish language, literature and culture as well. Homework consists of studying new vocabulary, memorizing structures, writing exercises, and spending one hour a week in the lab. Cost:2 (Westwalewicz)

222. Second-Year Polish. Polish 221. (4). (LR).

This course builds on work done in 121-122, First-Year Polish, and assumes a good knowledge of the grammatical structure of the language. Emphasis is placed first on speaking and writing and secondly on reading skills. Cost:2 WL:2 (Witkowski)

322. Third-Year Polish. Polish 321 or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).

The course is designed to develop reading, writing, and speaking skills. Its particular emphasis is on conversational Polish. Texts cover a wide range from literature, and essays to newspaper articles, political pamphlets, jokes, and films. Students are evaluated on the basis of oral and written reports, and a final examination. Cost:2 (Zechenter)

Literature

426. Polish Literature in English. (3). (HU).

This is a continuation of Polish 425, although there is no prerequisite. The course covers the period from mid-nineteenth century until the present. It surveys the development of Polish nineteenth and twentieth century literature in terms of individual authors and major literary movements. Individual critical analyses of texts required. A knowledge of Polish is NOT required. All readings in English translations. Can NOT be taken as tutorial. Cost:3 WL:3 (Carpenter)


Courses in Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

132. First-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 131. (4). (LR).

An introduction to the grammar of the principal literary language of the former Yugoslavia, with exercises in reading, writing and speaking, including drill in the language laboratory. Cost:1 WL:3 (Stolz)


Courses in UKRAINIAN (DIVISION 494)

152. First-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 151. (4). (LR).

Further study of basic morphology and syntax, singular and plural of nouns, adjectives and pronouns (the complete case system), verbs of motion, prefixation, numerals. Acquisition of new vocabulary, development of reading, writing and speaking skills. Textbook: MODERN UKRAINIAN by Assya Humesky, supplemented by INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION (Ohio State University Slavic Papers, #25, #26). Quizzes, midterm and final. Cost:2 WL:5, This course is never closed. (Andrushkiw)


Slavic Linguistics and Surveys (Division 474)

150. Russia and Eurasia: An Ethnolinguistic Introduction. (3). (HU).

The course is an introduction to the extraordinary cultural diversity of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia, a vast territory where European and Asian cultures met and often clashed, and whose culture is a unique blend of Western and Oriental influences. The course will trace the history of the area from prehistoric tribal migrations of Slavic, Uralic, and Altaic peoples all the way to the events of the communist and post-communist era. It will present different ethnic groups and their languages, myths, legends, customs, religions, art, architecture, music, clothing, behavior, and eating habits. It will closely examine a number of issues related to problems of ethnicity, in particular religion (Christian and Muslim) and language (problem of russification). Two papers and short reviews of films, stories, and articles.

240/UC 177. Introduction to Slavic Folklore. (3). (HU).

The course aims to give beginning students a background for the study of folklore in general, as well as special insight into the folklore and folklife of the Slavic peoples (including folk art and architecture, "primitive" painting, dress, music, dance, cooking, customs, ritual). Lectures, readings, and discussions will provide an introduction to the varied folklore of the Slavs, who form the largest population of Central and Eastern Europe, encompassing the West Slavs (Poles, Czechs, Slovaks), East Slavs (Russians, Belorussians, Ukrainians), and South Slavs (Slovenes, Croats, Serbs, Macedonians, Bulgarians). Within the wide range of traditional oral verse and prose, primary emphasis will be placed on the epic, ballad, lyric, and folktale including the highly developed vampire tale of the South Slavs. Finally, the course will examine survival and adaptation of folkloric forms in contemporary society. No specialized background required. All reading in English. Short papers, midterm, and final examination. (Stolz)

396/REES 396/Poli. Sci. 396/Hist. 333/Soc. 393. Survey of East Central Europe. (4). (SS).

See Russian and East European Studies 396. (M. Kennedy)

Courses in Armenian

172/Armenian 172. First-Year Armenian. Slavic Ling. 171. (4). (LR).

This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Armenian. Reading, writing and speaking are equally emphasized. Homework assignments and listening to tapes on a regular basis, frequent short tests and a final examination are required. Overall performance throughout the year/term and in the final examination, and compliance with requirements will determine the grade. Cost:1 (Bardakjian)


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