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Spring 2017

RUSS 102-01

Elementary Russian II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 228
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: Continuation of Russian 101; further development of the same skills. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 102-L1

Elementary Russian II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 101; further development of the same skills. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 102-L2

Elementary Russian II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 101; further development of the same skills. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 204-01

Intermediate Russian II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Anastasia Kayiatos

Notes: Continuation of Russian 203; further development of the same skills; added emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Students are usually prepared for study in Russia after they have completed Intermediate Russian II. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 204-L1

Intermediate Russian II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 203; further development of the same skills; added emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Students are usually prepared for study in Russia after they have completed Intermediate Russian II. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 204-L2

Intermediate Russian II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 203; further development of the same skills; added emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Students are usually prepared for study in Russia after they have completed Intermediate Russian II. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 252-01

Experiments in Living: 20th Century Russian Literature and Culture

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: In the twentieth century, political and artistic revolutions in Russia had repercussions far beyond its borders; we can still feel the effects to this day. How do artists respond to and shape historical events? How did writers in twentieth-century Russia transmute fear, violence, and chaos into art? In this course we will consider novels, stories, and poems, as well as paintings, music, and film reflecting upon the Bolshevik revolution, the Stalinist terror, World War II, the Thaw, {i}glasnost{ei} and {i}perestroika{ei}, and the turmoil of the post-Soviet era. We will become acquainted with major artistic trends including Symbolism, Futurism, and Socialist Realism; and observe how in each case, matters of style went hand in hand with the desire to change the world. Our readings will convey the fantastic schemes of the utopian thinkers at the turn of the century; artists' responses to and participation in the political, scientific, and sexual experimentation of their time; and the survival of creative expression in the midst of unimaginable hardships. We will discover how and why some cultural figures chose to serve, and others to resist, the state, and what fate had in store for them. We will learn how provocateurs and innovators such as Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Babel, Zoshchenko, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, Brodsky, Pelevin, and Tolstaya explored the relationship between art and ideology, exile and creativity, laughter and subversion, memory and survival, individual psychology and historical cataclysm. All reading will be in English. (4 credits)


RUSS 265-01

Translation as Cross-Cultural Communication

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 112
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: *Advanced proficiency in a second language required; cross-listed with INTL 265-01 and LING 294-02*

When communication takes place across language barriers, it raises fundamental questions about meaning, style, power relationships, and traditions. This course treats literary translation as a particularly complex form of cross-cultural interaction. Students will work on their own translations of prose or poetry while considering broader questions of translation, through critiques of existing translations, close comparisons of variant translations, and readings on cultural and theoretical aspects of literary translation. (4 credits)

RUSS 488-01

Senior Seminar

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: Seminars on selected topics in Russian language, literature, or culture, designed to serve as an integrative capstone experience for majors. Recent topics are "Investigating Russian Web and Press and "The Contemporary Short Story." The seminar will be announced at the time of registration for the term. Conducted in Russian. Since the topic changes from year to year, we recommend that sufficiently advanced students repeat this course. (4 credits)

Fall 2017

RUSS 101-01

Elementary Russian I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: A structured introduction to the basics of the Russian sound system and grammar, as well as speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Some exposure to Russian culture. For beginning students. No prerequisites. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 101-L1

Elementary Russian I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: A structured introduction to the basics of the Russian sound system and grammar, as well as speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Some exposure to Russian culture. For beginning students. No prerequisites. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 101-L2

Elementary Russian I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: A structured introduction to the basics of the Russian sound system and grammar, as well as speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension. Some exposure to Russian culture. For beginning students. No prerequisites. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 203-01

Intermediate Russian I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 101
  • Instructor: Brian Johnson

Notes: In the second year of Russian, students learn to operate in basic social and cultural environments. Conversational skills needed on the telephone, public transport and other daily situations, listening and reading skills such as television, newspapers and movies, and various modes of writing are studied. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 203-L1

Intermediate Russian I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 227
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: In the second year of Russian, students learn to operate in basic social and cultural environments. Conversational skills needed on the telephone, public transport and other daily situations, listening and reading skills such as television, newspapers and movies, and various modes of writing are studied. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 203-L2

Intermediate Russian I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: In the second year of Russian, students learn to operate in basic social and cultural environments. Conversational skills needed on the telephone, public transport and other daily situations, listening and reading skills such as television, newspapers and movies, and various modes of writing are studied. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 251-01

19th Century Russian Literature in Translation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Brian Johnson

Notes: Latecomers to world literature, Russian authors of the nineteenth century produced timeless works which have subsequently defined the genre of the novel. This course covers definitive works of the most important authors of Russia’s Golden Age, namely Pushkin’s Byronic novel in verse, Eugene Onegin; Lermontov’s novella of an ironic anti-hero, A Hero of Our Time; Gogol’s absurdist and hilarious novellas The Nose and The Overcoat; Turgenev’s exposition of intergenerational and ideological conflict, Fathers and Sons; Dostoevsky’s most famous novel Crime and Punishment, a thrilling “why-dun-it” with a sympathetic axe-murderer; and Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina, a morality tale of adultery and self-determination. The course will introduce students to the art of literary criticism through an examination of the literary aspects of these classic works. The course will also include discussions about Russian culture and history as well as universal questions regarding the self, society and the state, freedom of choice, the existence of God, and other daunting questions about human existence. No knowledge of Russian is required; all lectures, readings and discussions are in English.

RUSS 261-01

Making History: Russian Cinema as Testimony, Propaganda, and Art

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 270
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: *First Year Course only; cross-listed with HIST 261-01* Throughout history, we have turned to storytelling to make sense of our world. We tell stories about the past to document and explain phenomena, to justify our political and social agendas, to create connections, and to give life meaning. In the twentieth century, Russia helped introduce the world to a spectacular new form of storytelling—film—and used it to alter previous narratives in the hope of reshaping the future. In this course, we will look at written and cinematic representations of Russian history, from medieval times to the post-Soviet era. One task of the course will be to articulate how storytelling in film differs from historiography and fiction. Another will be to show how politics, power relations, technology, and aesthetics have shaped film depictions of key historical events. We will analyze the films as narratives about real events, as vehicles of propaganda, and as imaginative works of art. The course will consist of mini-lectures, class discussion, and weekly film screenings. All films will have subtitles, and no knowledge of Russia or Russian history is required.

RUSS 364-01

Culture and Revolution

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 206
  • Instructor: James von Geldern

Notes: *Cross-listed with INTL 364-01*

This course examines the relationship between cultural and political change during four very different revolutions: in France of 1789, in Russia of 1917, and the more recent events in Iran and South Africa. How do people change when governments are overturned? How do revolutions shape the consciousness of their citizens? Do people understand events as revolutionaries intend them to? To answer these questions, we will examine symbols and political ideologies, mass media outreach, education and enlistment, changing social identities, the culture of violence, popular participation and resistance, as well as other issues. Readings will include such diverse sources as Voltaire and Rousseau, Marx and Lenin, Khomeini and the Koran. We will read contemporary accounts, both sympathetic and antagonistic, and look at popular culture to see how events were understood. Fashion and etiquette, comics and caricatures, movies and plays are among the materials used. Taught in English. (4 credits)

RUSS 394-01

Conversational Russian

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: In this course students will not only practice conversing in Russian, by which they will learn speaking etiquette, expressing feelings and their point of view, but also they will be able to work on advanced grammar. Each week will feature a discussion of current events for which students may employ all types of social media. Students will also improve their vocabulary by reading classic (Pushkin, Chekhov etc) and modern (Pelevin, Sorokin etc) Russian literature in the original and by watching animated movies («Трое из Простоквашино») and feature films in Russian. They will learn about modern Russia, the stereotypes, superstitions and Russian slang by watching and discussing the series «Как я стал русским». Additionally some classes will cover written Russian to develop academic reading and writing skills. It will be fun! Requirements: completion of Intermediate Russian 204 or similarly demonstrated ability.

Spring 2018

RUSS 102-01

Elementary Russian II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: Continuation of Russian 101; further development of the same skills. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 102-L1

Elementary Russian II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 101; further development of the same skills. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 102-L2

Elementary Russian II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 101; further development of the same skills. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 204-01

Intermediate Russian II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brian Johnson

Notes: Continuation of Russian 203; further development of the same skills; added emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Students are usually prepared for study in Russia after they have completed Intermediate Russian II. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 204-L1

Intermediate Russian II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 203; further development of the same skills; added emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Students are usually prepared for study in Russia after they have completed Intermediate Russian II. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 204-L2

Intermediate Russian II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Valeriia Skvortcova

Notes: Continuation of Russian 203; further development of the same skills; added emphasis on reading and discussing simple texts. Students are usually prepared for study in Russia after they have completed Intermediate Russian II. Russian language classes (unless otherwise stated) are proficiency oriented, and aim at perfecting all four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Intermediate and advanced courses are taught in Russian as much as possible. Most classes meet three times per week with an additional weekly class period devoted specifically to oral proficiency. These conversation classes are taught by Russian native speakers. (4 credits)

RUSS 294-01

Art Against the State in the Post-Communist World

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Chadaga, Inglot

Notes: *Cross-listed ART 294-01*


RUSS 294-02

Russian Fairy Tales/Forklore

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brian Johnson

Notes:

RUSS 367-01

Dostoevsky and Gogol

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brian Johnson

Notes: Dostoevsky has had a major impact on writers and thinkers from Nietzsche to Coetzee. He himself paid tribute to Gogol's fantastic imagination. Course readings will range from the absurdist ravings of Gogol's madmen to the existential dilemmas of Dostoevsky's murderers. Discussions will cover the haunted and haunting city of Petersburg, saints, prostitutes, and infernal women, holy fools and Russian Orthodoxy, as well as critical views ranging from Russian Formalists to Freud to Bakhtin's ideas of dialogical speech. Students will explore major 19th century philosophical and cultural currents and a variety of literary movements and genres, and we will also see how our authors have been represented in other media, such as film and painting. From Gogol's Ukrainian and Petersburg tales and Dead Souls, the readings move to Dostoevsky's early humorous works, his major novels, and the course concludes with The Brothers Karamazov. In English. (4 credits)

RUSS 488-01

Senior Seminar

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Julia Chadaga

Notes: Seminars on selected topics in Russian language, literature, or culture, designed to serve as an integrative capstone experience for majors. Recent topics are "Investigating Russian Web and Press and "The Contemporary Short Story." The seminar will be announced at the time of registration for the term. Conducted in Russian. Since the topic changes from year to year, we recommend that sufficiently advanced students repeat this course. (4 credits)