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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated November 26, 2015 at 11:00 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 OLRI 250 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 101-L2  Elementary Russian I Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 112 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 151-01  "Things Don't Like Me": The Material World and Why It Matters
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 212 Julia Chadaga
RUSS 194-01  Minding the Body
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 300 Kayiatos, Ostrove
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with PSYC 194-01 and WGSS 194-01* This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the body primarily from the perspectives of psychology, disability studies, and feminist studies, with a strategically split focus primarily on the United States and Russia/Eastern Europe. We will rely on analysis of theoretical and empirical research, personal narrative, and film to explore such questions as: What is a “normal” body? A “beautiful” body? How does the media inform how we feel about our bodies? How are bodies – especially women’s bodies – objectified, exploited, commodified, and regulated? How and why do we discriminate against people with non-normative bodies? How do people represent the experience of having a disabled body? How can we think critically about the various ways in which people change, regulate, and enhance their bodies (e.g., via body building, cosmetic surgery, diet, etc.)? How do sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression influence how different bodies are viewed, treated, educated, and experienced? And how does all this change when we travel in time or across space?

The course’s cross-listing with Russian Studies will give students a comparative context for thinking about how the body is built – and minded – differently depending on cultural, political, and economic considerations. This will be a writing-intensive course in which students will write (and re-write) personal essays, analytical and reflective essays, and a research paper.

RUSS 203-01  Intermediate Russian I
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm OLRI 370 Anastasia Kayiatos
RUSS 203-L1  Intermediate Russian I Lab
R 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 250 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 203-L2  Intermediate Russian I Lab
R 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 112 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 256-01  Mass Culture Under Communism
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 304 James von Geldern
*Cross-listed with HIST 294-03*

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated November 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
RUSS 102-01  Elementary Russian II
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am NEILL 214 Melissa Miller
RUSS 102-L1  Elementary Russian II Lab
T 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 350 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 102-L2  Elementary Russian II Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 409 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 204-01  Intermediate Russian II
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am NEILL 228 Anastasia Kayiatos
RUSS 204-L1  Intermediate Russian II Lab
R 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 250 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 204-L2  Intermediate Russian II Lab
R 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 409 Valeriia Skvortcova
RUSS 294-01  The Cold War Gets Hot
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 228 Anastasia Kayiatos
"In our country there is no sex." These words, uttered by a female bureaucrat from Leningrad during the first US-Soviet telebridge in 1987, struck a chord with viewers on either side of the ideological divide. The readings for this class tell a different story, peeling back the Iron Curtain to reveal the steamier scenes of the Cold War: both the passions of late-capitalism in the West, and the hot-cha in the dacha of the communist East. Keeping in mind the historical contexts in which these works by American, Czech, CroaPan, German, and Russian authors were produced, this course aims to map out the manifold relationships between intimacy and ideology, sex and poetics, which took shape during the atomic age. In these readings, we will pay special mind to how certain bodies—sexual, textual, and political—acquired additional resonance as suspicious or perverse. Though we will search for the pleasure in the text, we will not lose sight of the pleasure of the text, as we consider how desire operates on multiple, intersecting planes: between characters; between readers and writers; and between the First and Second Worlds.

RUSS 294-02  Silent Subjects
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm NEILL 228 Anastasia Kayiatos
Who is speaking? What matter who’s speaking? 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. Students will read between the lines relentlessly as they explore the poetics and politics of silence in our textual universes and beyond them, featuring works of cultural manifesto, literary fiction, and film by figures from the 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 294-03  Between Life and Death: The Art and Practice of Medicine in Russian Literature
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am NEILL 226 Melissa Miller
Many of Russia’s most famous writers, such as Chekhov and Bulgakov, began their careers as doctors. In this course, we will examine the interdisciplinary relationship between medicine and literature. By exploring fiction, personal memoir and film, we will investigate such questions as: what are the boundaries between sickness and health, normality and disability? What roles do physicians and other healers play in both Russian and American culture? What links exist between literature and empathy?

RUSS 294-04  Engineering the Human: Science Fiction in Russian Literature and Film
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm NEILL 216 Melissa Miller
Science fiction in Russia is a brave new world where dogs turn into humans, alien oceans can read our innermost thoughts, and extraterrestrials leave behind magical trash after a roadside picnic on Earth.

In this course, we will read and watch some of the most thought-provoking and bizarre Russian science fiction, from the dawn of the Soviet Union until the present day. Through literature, art and film adaptations, we will examine how Russian and Soviet authors have used science fiction both to protest the political regime and to redefine what it means to be human.

RUSS 294-05  Revolutionary Russia and the Soviet Union, 1856-2000
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm MAIN 002 Julia Fein
*Cross-listed with HIST 262-01* From the nineteenth century through Perestroika, the long revolutionary experiment in the Russian Empire and Soviet Union was about creating an alternative to existing modes of production, exploitative social relations, and autocratic political structures. It was also about transforming the natural and built environments, and bringing “culture” (comprising everything from poetry and ballet to soap and changes of underwear), along with political consciousness, to a huge, largely agrarian country with an ethnically and religiously diverse population. Throughout this survey of modern Russian/Soviet history, we will continually pose the question of what – and when – was the Russian Revolution? Key concepts/approaches include: resistance; social mobility; individual subjectivity and the collective; ethnic diversity and imperial strategies; gendering revolutionary transformation; environmental transformations and consequences, and the Russian/Soviet experience in the context of European/Eurasian/global modernity. The course begins with the Great Reforms of the 1860s and 1870s following Russia’s loss in the Crimean War, and ends with reflections on Russia’s recent reclaiming of Crimea from Ukraine.

RUSS 488-01  Senior Seminar
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 404 James von Geldern

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