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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated April 15, 2014 at 10:56 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 April 15, 2014 at 10:56 pm

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

RUSS 294-01  Socialisms and Sexualities
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with WGSS 294-01*

RUSS 294-02  Silent Subjects
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm Anastasia Kayiatos
*Cross-listed with WGSS 294-02* Addressing both the subjects about which literature does not or cannot speak, and those subjects who themselves do not or cannot speak in the literary works on its syllabus, this course poses the implicit flipside to the famous pair of theory questions cited above, namely: Who isn’t speaking? and What matter who isn’t speaking? Further, it asks: About what aren’t they speaking? and Why? It gently mobilizes various methodologies—including feminism, deaf and disability studies, queer theory and critical race studies—to ground these interrogations.

Over the semester, students grapple with instances in which absent speech is eminently significant, no matter the motivation for the silences they encounter—which range in the readings from the pathological to the political, the natural to the supernatural. The course contemplates the formal implications of muteness for the verbal work of art (as stylistic device and aesthetic consequence). At the same time, it pursues the social and structural implications of breaking speech and biting tongues. Students are encouraged to read between the lines relentlessly as they explore the poetics and politics of silence in our textual universes and beyond them.

The class features authors from Russian, American and other traditions, including Ivan Turgenev, Maxim Gorky, Vladimir Nabokov, Andrey Sinyavsky, Evgenii Kharitonov, Ruth Zernova, Isak Dinesen, Tennessee Williams, Tillie Olsen, Carson McCullers, Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison.

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

RUSS 488-01  Senior Seminar
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm Julia Chadaga

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