Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Russian and East European Studies (REES) (Division 468)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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REES 301. Directed Reading.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Independent study, under the guidance of a faculty member, of a specialized topic in Russian, Soviet, or East European studies.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

REES 397/Anthro. 317. The Political Economy of Transformation in East Central Europe.

Instructor(s): Katherine Verdery (verdery@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in REES 396. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Reserves/W99/REES397/index.html

See Cultural Anthropology 317.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 4

REES 402. Honors Workshop, Junior.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Honors student and junior standing, and permission of REES advisor. (2). (Excl).

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Methods workshop highly recommended for juniors of the REES Honors program. It is not available for general enrollment. Must be admitted by REES Honors advisor. Students who do not take it and want to write an Honors thesis their senior year must have a thesis proposal approved by both an individual advisor and the REES honor advisor before the start of the fall term their senior year.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

REES 403. Honors Colloquium, Senior.

Prerequisites & Distribution: REES 402 or a thesis prospectus accepted (prior to start of fall term of senior year) by REES Honors advisor and an individual thesis advisor. (1-6). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course is required of all senior Honors concentrators in REES and is open only to them. Must be admitted by REES Honors advisor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

REES 405. Topics in Russian and East European Studies.

Section 001 The Czech New Wave. (1 credit). Meets January 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16, 23. Meets With Slavic 490.003. Films Will Be Screened 7-9 P.M. Drop/Add deadline: February 1

Instructor(s): Herbert Eagle (hjeagle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1-4). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

ARTS Mini/short course

Credits: (1-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The fresh approaches of the Czech New Wave directors surprised the world in the mid-1960's. A new generation of filmmakers displayed an impressive range of styles from the gentle comic grotesque of Jiri Menzel (Closely Watched Trains Academy Award, Best Foreign Film 1967), the menacing absurdism of Jan Nemec and the dadaist satire of Vera Chytilova to the pseudo-cinema-verite of Milos Forman (Loves of a Blonde) and the nuanced psychological realism of Jan Kadar (Shop on Main Street Academy Award, Best Foreign Film 1965). The films were not only artistically innovative, they were often subversive with respect to the bureaucratic Communism of the Novotny regime. The filmmakers exposed the constant repression, the loss of moral and civic values, the lack of meaningful prospects for youth, the subservience of women to a patriarchal order, and the regime's fostering of antisemitism. The films worked in clever allegorical ways, skirting the Communist censorship.The movement in film was a harbinger of the Prague Spring, the reform movement led by Alexander Dubcek. And the Czech New Wave directors suffered the same fate as the political reformers (repression and blacklisting) after the Soviet-led invasion in August 1968. Menzel's Larks on a String, the final masterpiece of the Czech New Wave, was banned from distribution until after the fall of Communism in 1989.We will view and discuss six films with an eye to artistic innovations as well as with attention to the social and political realities to which the films allude. One short (5-6 page) paper due at the end of the course.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

REES 410. Polish Culture.

Section 001 Polish Cinema. Meets March 9, 16, 23, 30, and April 6, 13. Meets With Slavic 490.004. Films Will Be Shown from 7-9 P.M. Drop/Add deadline: March 15

Instructor(s): Herbert Eagle (hjeagle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (Excl). Laboratory fee ($10) required. May be repeated for a total of two credits.

ARTS Mini/short

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Since the 1950's, Polish filmmakers have distinguished themselves through challenging cinema, in spite of the Communist Party censorship. After WWII, the film industry was nationalized and rapidly rebuilt, with a State Film School established at Lodz. Within a few years, the school's first wave of graduates (which included Wajda, Munk, and Polanski) had garnered international prizes at Cannes and elsewhere. Although directors were expected to adhere to the principles of "Socialist Realism" (which required an idealized Communist version of the past and present), these filmmakers were able to use intricate symbolism, absurdist allegory, and subtle satire to condemn the loss of decency and civic values in Communist society.Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, Wajda and a new generation of innovative filmmakers (among them Zanussi, Holland, Has, and Kieslowski) continued to break new ground. Wajda's films and Zanussi's contrasted the hypocrisy and opportunism of the establishment with youth's idealism; Has used surrealism to translate to the screen classic works of fiction; Holland brought gender issues to the fore. Kieslowski consistently tackled tough moral problems, and was the first to critique post-Communist Poland, in his celebrated White. We will view and discuss six films with an eye to artistic developments and trends, as well as with attention to the social and political events and situations to which the films refer. One short (5-6 page) paper due at the end of the course.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

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