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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated February 26, 2015 at 05:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
RUSS 101-01  Elementary Russian I
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 212 Julia Chadaga
RUSS 101-L1  Elementary Russian I Lab
T 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 226 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 101-L2  Elementary Russian I Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 213 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 203-01  Intermediate Russian I
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 228 Anastasia Kayiatos
RUSS 203-L1  Intermediate Russian I Lab
R 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 226 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 203-L2  Intermediate Russian I Lab
R 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 213 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 251-01  Superfluous Men and Necessary Women: Russian Literary Classics in Translation
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 228 Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with WGSS 294-02* This survey course in Russian culture choreographs a sustained encounter with the most celebrated authors of the national canon, including Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov. It does so by following the footsteps of the “superfluous man” throughout the nineteenth century, alongside his less spectacular partner, the necessary woman, and the other “types” who populate the pages of Russian romantic and realist literature--the dandies, doubles, petty devils, small men, new women, Byronic and Napoleonic pretenders, and so on. By staying close on the heels of our contemplative heroes, these men of thought—and women of action—offer students countless opportunities to obsess with them about the so-called accursed questions bedeviling Russian society in their day. Collectively, they dramatize contemporaneous debates about the fate of the nation, the lot of the people, the moral duty of the intelligentsia, and the role of art in realizing Russia’s special destiny in the world. In order to further contextualize the state and stakes of the Russian novel in these debates, students will also sample from works of literary criticism by Vissarion Belinsky, Mikhail Bakhtin, Vladimir Nabokov, Carson McCullers, Lydia Ginzburg, Iurii Lotman, Gary Shteyngart, and Elif Batuman. As the title suggests, our readings will revolve around the theme of gender, and our analyses will turn on a feminist and queer theory axis from the start, when we ask about the absence of women-authored works (and the abundance of women protagonists) among the Russian classics.

RUSS 294-01  Terrorism and Art: The Spectacle of Destruction
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm ARTCOM 202 Julia Chadaga
*Cross-listed with INTL 294-02; taught in English* Russia presents an excellent case study for the topic of political violence. Terrorism as a means of political persuasion originated in the land of the tsars; Russian history features an incendiary cycle of repressions, revolts, and reprisals. Studying the origins and depictions of these events in works of art reveals how culture mediates between the world of ideas and the sphere of action. We will consider the tactics and motives of revolutionary conspirators as well as the role that gender and religion played in specific acts of terror. We will strive to understand the emphasis that Russian terrorists placed on the aesthetics of violence as we explore the ways in which Russian revolutionary thought and action served as a model for radicals around the world. The Russian case will provide a framework for in-depth study of examples of terrorism from Algeria, Ireland, Germany, the U.S., and the Middle East. Texts will include novels, poems, manifestos, letters, diaries, historical and journalistic accounts, paintings, and films, as well as readings in cultural history and political theory.

RUSS 394-01  Advanced Russian
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 370 Ekaterina Efimenko

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated February 26, 2015 at 05:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
RUSS 102-01  Elementary Russian II
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 111 Julia Chadaga
RUSS 102-L1  Elementary Russian II Lab
T 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 204 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 102-L2  Elementary Russian II Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 215 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 204-01  Intermediate Russian II
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm NEILL 217 Anastasia Kayiatos
RUSS 204-L1  Intermediate Russian II Lab
R 09:40 am-11:10 am THEATR 204 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 204-L2  Intermediate Russian II Lab
R 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 215 Ekaterina Efimenko
RUSS 272-01  The Post-Soviet Sphere
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 404 James von Geldern
*Cross-listed with INTL 272-01*

RUSS 294-01  Socialisms and Sexualities
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 215 Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with WGSS 294-01* Socialisms and Sexualities sputniki (or fellow-travelers) will read texts about sex and gender in abstract and actually-existing socialist contexts in order to unsettle the unmarked capitalist horizon of most feminist and queer theory and praxis, while also off-setting a second-world/Russian studies axis with an itinerant, omnivorous and multimedia syllabus. Students should expect an interactive, hyperconnective classroom setting (there will be blogs and real-time interviews with relevant figures); as well as dynamic, dialogic course content, which may shift a bit as befits the disciplinary backgrounds and undisciplined desires of the actual student-collective that assembles this spring.

RUSS 364-01  Culture and Revolution
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 404 James von Geldern
*Cross-listed with INTL 364-01*

RUSS 367-01  Dostoevsky and Gogol
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 113 Julia Chadaga
In this course, we read and study the fiction of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment) and Nikolai Gogol (Dead Souls), two titans of world literature.

At age 28 Dostoevsky faced a firing squad for reading out loud a banned letter to Gogol. It turned out to be a mock-execution, and he was sent to a labor camp instead. This experience left an indelible imprint on the masterpieces that Dostoevsky wrote after emerging from prison. Gogol—whom critics called a Realist even though he wrote about zombies snatching overcoats and noses turning into government officials—depicted transgression in a surreal and exhilarating style that readers had never seen before. We will read fiction by both authors, noting the stylistic features that made them literary pioneers, the border-crossing that takes place on stylistic and thematic levels in our texts, and the volatile national, sexual, and legal borders that both authors had to negotiate in their own lives. We will explore the topics with which Gogol and Dostoevsky engage: gender- and class-based inequality; imperial expansion; religion vs. atheism; the spectrum of wrongdoing from corruption to murder; the possibilities of dissent in a police state; individual freedom vs. collective belonging.

Relations between the US and Russia are now growing colder in response to worldwide anxieties about Russia’s territorial ambitions and hostility toward the West. Gogol and Dostoevsky formulated a vision of Russian exceptionalism that has seen a revival under Putin’s regime. We will examine the way in which these two authors helped to create Russia’s current self-image as we draw connections between our authors’ tsarist-era context and contemporary Russia. The course will analyze artwork inspired by Gogol and Dostoevsky, from visual media to the philosophy of Nietzsche and the Existentialist school, the writings of Freud, and stories by Kafka, Nabokov, and Lahiri. Students who can read Russian will have the option to meet with the instructor every week to discuss brief selections from the Russian texts in the original. Taught in English. No prerequisites.

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