Slavic Languages and Literatures

Courses in Russian (Division 466)


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 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/RC Core 293. Intensive Second Year Russian. Russian 102 or 103. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Russian 201 or 202. (8). (LR).

An intensive course meeting eight 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, writing, 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 (A.Makin)

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 (Longan)

413. Business Russian. Russian 302 or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

This course is planned for Advanced Russian students (3rd year or above) who are oriented toward economics or business. In particular, this would target seniors seeking experience in international business and graduate students in the Center for Russian and East European Studies Master Degree program (or in various departments, who either wish to pursue employment opportunities in business or government or who wish to get a Ph.D. in economics, political science or history). Course will focus upon the vocabulary and locations of commercial Russian, both oral and written, as well as High and Popular Russian culture. Students will be expected to learn format and jargon for various types of business communication. Quizzes and examinations will be given as appropriate, both written and oral. Midterm, no final. Textbook: Business Russian: A Cultural Approach by N. Milman. Cost:2 WL:4 (Milman)

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

The course will provide an analysis of selected features of modern spoken Russian, as illustrated by Popular Culture of the post-Soviet era cinema, TV shows, media and mass literature. There will be numerous discussions by the students, exclusively in Russian, under critical direction 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. Cost:2 WL:3 (Milman)

420. Russian Stylistics. Russian 402 or 403 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).

In addition to basic work on stylistics, the focus this term is on the short story. Some of the authors are Olesha, Babel, Zoshchenko, Platonov, Teffi, Bunin, Averchenko. Three essays, one midterm, and a final examination. Taught in Russian. Cost:1 WL:3 (Humesky)


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 examine 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, three in class-tests, 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 The Heritage of Russian Verse. Class discussions, three (3) 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 also a final examination. Taught in Russian. (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 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 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 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. Cost:2 WL:1 (Schönle)

460. Russian Social Fiction. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 The Russian-Language Jewish Literature in the 20th Century.
Russian-Jewish writing as part of the multilingual Jewish literature and the polyethnic literature in the Russian language. The prevalent artistic, cultural and moral concerns and conflicting ideological trends surveyed in a historical perspective against the background of two "host" subcultures, the universalist and the anti-Semitic. Readings will include representative texts reflecting all directions of Jewish literary quest, including national self-emancipation, assimilation and self-repudiation, mediation and missionary internationalism, "melting-pot" and Zionism, Jabotinsky, Babel, Erenburg, Mandelstam, Bagritsky, Grossman, Yulia Shmuckler, Zand, Markish, and Gorenstein. Russian is not a prerequisite. Midterm paper. Final take-home. (Ronen)

463. Chekhov. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (3). (Excl).

In this course we will be examining the entire literary career of Anton Chekhov, beginning with the comic newspaper sketches he wrote to support his family while studying medicine, and ending with the major stories and plays now acknowledged as classics of their genre. There will be a special emphasis on Chekhov's best-known short prose and plays (including The Lady with A Dog, Ward Number 6, The Kiss, The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard), and a discussion of their lasting influence on European and American writers. Works will be discussed in the context of the cultural climate of Russia at the turn of the century. Chekhov's involvement with Stanislavsky and the Russian theatrical world will also be analyzed. This course should appeal to anyone with an interest in the modern short story or twentieth-century drama and theater, and is taught informally, with discussion from students encouraged. All reading is in English. Cost:2 WL:1 (Bartlett)

480. Popular Sub-Genres in Modern Russian Literature. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Russian Science Fiction and Spy Story.
A general historical survey of "classics" and "commercials" in two stable thematic varieties of entertaining literature, scientific and political, including fiction, pseudo-science, sensational nonfiction, propaganda, prediction, and desinformation, as well as real art. Readings of A.N. Tolstoy, Kuprin, Bulgakov, Kazantsev, Efremov, A. and B. Strugatsky, Nabokov, Kabokov, Tsiolkovsky, Fedorov, and Morozov, Sheinin, Gaidar, Semenov, General Sudoplatov, and others (translations available, Russian is not a prerequisite). Midterm paper, final take-home exam. (Ronen)

Czech (Division 355)

142. First-Year Czech. Czech 141 or equivalent. (4). (LR).

This course is a continuation of Czech 141 with emphasis on the development of reading and speaking skills in target language. Students with previous knowledge of any other Slavic language may inquire at the Slavic Department Office for enrollment in this course. Cost:1 WL:2 (Brodska)

480. Supervised Czech Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). May be elected for credit twice.

Selected readings in Czech on specific topics according to the student's needs and qualifications. Knowledge of Czech through Czech 142 is required. Cost:1 (Brodska)

Polish (Division 447)

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 (Wampuszyc)

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:1 WL:1 (Zechenter)

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 (Witkowski)

Serbo-Croatian (Division 473)

232. Second-Year Serbo-Croatian. Serbo-Croatian 231. (4). (LR).

A continuation of 231, with emphasis on developing skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Cost:1 WL:3 (Stolz)

439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for credit twice.

This course is designed to provide an opportunity for extensive reading in Serbo-Croatian of a variety of materials at an advanced level. The subject matter covered is dependent upon the preparation and interest of the individual student. Texts range from belles-lettres (short stories, novels) through journalism and history. Cost:1 WL:4 (Stolz)

Ukrainian (Division 494)

252. Second-Year Ukrainian. Ukrainian 251. (4). (LR).

Further grammar review, lengthier compositions, continued reading of current periodicals, and excerpts from literature. Weekly conversation hour and one to two oral presentations. Exams and final. Cost:1 (Rogovik)

Slavic Linguistics and Surveys (Division 474)

150. Cultural Diversity in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia. (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. Cost:1 (Shevoroshkin)

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

The course aims to give 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 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, Bosnian Muslims, 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. (Porter)


172/Armenian 172. First-Year Armenian. Armenian 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)

272/Armenian 272. Second-Year Armenian. Armenian 271. (4). (LR).

This course concentrates on reading Armenian texts with commentaries on grammatical and stylistic points, and an equal emphasis on conversation and frequent written work. Grade is based on performance, attendance and a final examination. The reading material consists of literature appended to Bardakjian's and Thomson's A Textbook of Modern Western Armenian and a course pack. Cost:1 (Bardakjian)

416/Armenian 416. Continuity and Change: Armenian Literature of the 10th-18th Centuries. (3). (Excl).

See Armenian Studies 416. (Bardakjian)

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