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 per 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, but do an average of 1-1.5 hours a night writing exercises. The class is supplemented by video shows and slide 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: 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 complete their survey of Russian grammar, expand their vocabulary, and learn to express themselves in Russian on topics of interest including Russian history and culture. The class is conducted entirely in Russian and 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. 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 (Shishkoff)

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 special prefixes), and 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. Textbook: Russian, Stage II. 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 plus 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 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 (A. Makin)

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. 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 (Vergunova)

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

A team-taught course explores and practically implements current methodologies for teaching Russian.

417. Contemporary Russian Culture. Russian 302 or the equivalent. The course is conducted in Russian. (3). (Excl).

A course of lectures and discussions, conducted in Russian, designed to acquaint students with various aspects of contemporary culture in Russia. Special attention will be devoted to the development of all four major skills in the use of the Russian language. Assignments will include readings from contemporary writing (from belles lettres to journalism), viewing and listening to electronic media, and extended oral and written presentations. Taught in Russian. (Kreidlin)


222/UC 176. Russia Today. (4). (HU).

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. Cost:1 WL:4 (M. 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 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. (A. 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, and 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, emigrÈ 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 (M. Makin)

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

This course, a continuation of Russian 451, gives an account of some of the major developments in Russian prose and drama in the last third of the nineteenth century. While particular attention is given to questions of literary analysis, individual works are studied in the context of history and politics of the period, and against the background of general currents of literature. Tolstoi's ANNA KARENINA, Dostoevskii's BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, and the major plays and prose of Chekhov are among the works studied. Class discussion is encouraged. There are two take home examinations, and a take home final. A paper is required of graduates, Russian concentrators, and RC students. Optional for others. A knowledge of Russian is not required. (Mersereau)

455. Russian Poetry from 1840 to 1900. Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (Excl).

Close reading of Russian poets from Lermontov to Bunin. Discussion of major literary trends and polemics. Two papers, a midterm and final. A course pack will be available. (Humesky)

457. Russian Drama from Ostrovsky to the Present.
Thorough knowledge of Russian. (3). (Excl).

Major dramatic works of the 19th and 20th centuries will be studied against the general cultural and literary background as well as the Russian theatrical tradition. Two papers, a midterm examination and a final. All the readings materials are available at the Graduate Library and will be put on reserve at the UGLi. Lectures, discussions, and readings will be in Russian. Cost:3 (Humesky)

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)

472. Modern Russian Poetry. A knowledge of Russian is required. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Post-Symbolism.
An analysis of the place of poetry in modern Russian literature and culture. Basic principles of Acmeist and Futurist poetics. Modernism, tradition, and individual achievement are discussed. Detailed analysis of selected poems by Annenskij, Kuzmin, Xodasevic, Xlebnikov, Gumilev, Akhmatova, Madel'stam, Pasternak, Cvetaeva, Maiakovskij, Esenin, and Kliuev. A retrospective evaluation of their literary and historical significance, aesthetic merits, and influence upon modern critical thought and literary, linguistic, and semiotic scholarship. Reading knowledge of Russian is required. (Ronen)

Courses in Czech (Division 355)

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

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

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

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

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

This 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

Courses in Polish (Division 447)


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

A continuation of Polish 121, First-Year Polish aims at establishing the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Class time is spent on explaining grammar, reading, building vocabulary, and guided conversation. In addition to learning the language, students are introduced to Polish literature and culture through translation, music, and video presentations. Homework consists of studying new vocabulary, memorizing structures, writing exercises, and spending one hour a week in the lab. Cost:2

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

This course assumes a good knowledge of the grammatical structure of the Polish language. Emphasis is placed first on speaking and writing and secondly on reading skills. Cost:2 WL:2

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

This 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


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 authors and major literary movements. Individual critical analyses of texts required. A knowledge of Polish is NOT required. All readings in English translation. Can NOT be taken as a tutorial. Cost:3 WL:3 (Carpenter)

450. Directed Polish Reading. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

The course is designed for students who wish to read Polish texts in the original. Readings are selected individually by students in consultation with the instructor, and they cover different fields including literature, art, philosophy, journalism, and history. Prerequisite: three years of Polish or equivalent. Students are evaluated on the basis of oral and written reports. No exams. Cost:1 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 drills in the language laboratory. Cost:1 WL:3 (Shishkoff)

439. Directed Reading of Serbo-Croatian Literature. Permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 8 credits.

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 (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. (Rogovik)

421. Directed Reading in Ukrainian Literature. Open to non-concentrators. A knowledge of Ukrainian is not required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Reading can be done in English or in Ukrainian. Plan of study is worked out with each student on an individual basis. Hourly discussion sessions are held once a week and a number of written essays are assigned per term (one for each credit earned). Cost:1 WL:3 (Humesky)

Slavic Linguistics, Literary Theory, Film, and Surveys (Division 474)

150. First Year Seminar. (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Section 001 Russia and Eurasia: An Introduction to Culture.
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 the problems of ethnicity, in particular religion (Christian and Muslim) and language (problem of russification). Two papers and short reviews of films, stories, and articles. (Shevoroshkin)

Section 003 From Ancient Troy to New York: The City in Literature. This course will examine the image of the city in literature. Starting with the ancient Greek concept of "polis" and ending with contemporary America, it will follow the evolution of the city and its mythology through history. One of the most important components in modern civilization, the city is also a significant expression of cultural values and thus an excellent focal point for studying cultural differences, both across geographic and temporal boundaries. Cities can be unifying spaces, as in ancient Greece, but they can also be dividing spaces as in 20th-century Europe and America, when ghettoization became one of the distinctive features of the urban landscape. The course will examine the symbolism of the city in literature, and discuss it against the background of historical and factual evidence. Readings include passages from The Iliad, Balzac's Pere Goriot, Baudelaire's "Poems in Prose," Gogol's "Nevsky Prospekt," and films of Woody Allen. Four short papers and one test. No final exam. (Carpenter)

221/UC 175. Armenia: Culture and Ethnicity. (3). (HU).

This course will explore various aspects of the Christian Armenian identity, from the earliest times to the 1990s, against a historical and political background, with a greater emphasis on the more modern times. It will highlight the formation of the Armenian self-image; its principle features (political, religious, cultural); and its historical evolution in a multi-religious and multi-national region that has undergone territorial and cultural transformations and has experienced many conflicts, at times deadly, resulting from the clash of national-ethnic identities and aspirations, governed and driven by oppression, distrust, religious and cultural intolerance and aggressive political designs to name but a few. There will be class discussions. Students will be required to write one short term paper (5-7 pages long) and a final paper (8-10 pages long) reflecting research on a selected topic. (Bardakjian)

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 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, 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). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

See REES 396. (Verdery)

490. Culture and Politics in Russia Today. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits.
The focus in this course will be on translation from Russian to English. Questions of phraseology, syntax and lexical choice will be discussed. In addition, certain features of Russian grammar and stylistics, such as the use of participles, verb aspect, and conditional, will be reviewed. A course pack will be provided. (Humesky)

Courses in Armenian

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

A continuation of Armenian 171. 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)

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