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Spring 2015

Elementary Russian II - RUSS 102

Nancy Tittler

Continuation of RUSS 101. Communicative activities involving everyday conversation.

Intermediate Russian II - RUSS 204

Nancy Tittler

Students finish learning the basic elements of Russian grammar, expand their command of vocabulary and begin to read more extensive selections of Russian prose. Emphasizes conversation in practical, everyday situations. Aspects of Russian culture (film, music) incorporated through class sessions and student presentations.

Introduction to Russian Literature - RUSS 210

Nancy Tittler

Introduction to the most important Russian texts from the beginnings of Russian literature to the present. Students apply the tools of literary analysis to representative novels, short stories and drama within the context of Russian cultural history. The class is conducted in English. Course counts as an 'H'.

Russian Popular Culture - RUSS 261

Marina Zalesski

This course presents popular culture as a historical text reflecting national consciousness and memory of the people, and containing answers to nation's behavior, their perceptions of and reactions to the world around them. Course analyses mechanisms of political propaganda and modern marketing, as well as the science behind what makes something go viral. It evaluates relationship between mass, popular and high cultures on the examples of pre-Soviet, Soviet and modern era literature, cinema, and entertainment arts with the purpose of studying people's role as both creators and recipients of popular culture. This class meets twice a week, one additional session is scheduled in the evening for occasional film viewing. Most films, however, will be available online. Course counts as an 'H'.

The Fairy Tale - RUSS 280V

Zoja Pavlovskis-Petit

Structure and meaning of fairy tales. Oral vs. literary fairy tales. Different approaches to interpreting fairy tales: anthropological, psychological, socio-historical, structuralist. Lectures approximately once a week; discussion; take-home midterm and final exams; two 10-page papers. Course counts as an 'H'.

Slavic Hustlers, Thugs, & Dealers - RUSS 280X

Anastasiya Vasylivna Lyubas

The course will explore texts and films from a variety of Slavic traditions (Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Czech, among others). Geographies and time periods span the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, Austro-Hungary during WWI, and the Balkans. The assigned texts, often satirical, depict rogue heroes embarking on humorous adventures of various kinds, many of which are absurd. The texts belong to the genre of literature called the picaresque novel, which has a long-standing tradition in the West and is also strongly developed in the Slavic world. These texts and films provide unique insights into the cultures, languages, humor and sensibilities of various Slavic nations, where they are immensely popular and infinitely quotable. This makes the novels must-reads for heritage learners or anyone interested in exploring the culture, literature and history of these diverse regions. No knowledge of foreign languages necessary. Readings and screenings will be in English. Course counts as a 'C', 'H'.

Advanced Reading and Composition - RUSS 306

Marina Zalesski

Continuation of RUSS 305 with similar emphasis on reading, writing and retelling skills. Additional focus on understanding Russian news media, including newspapers and broadcasts. 

Russia and the World - RUSS 371

Donald Loewen

A cultural history of Russia/the Soviet Union since 1900, focusing primarily on Russia's interaction with America and the West, but examining Russia's interaction with its Asian neighbors as well. Begins with an introduction to the rich world of Russian cultural expression at the beginning of the 20th century, including cinema, cartoons and literature. Studies changing patterns of interaction with America and the West during the Stalin era and in the cultural thaw of the 1960s. Deals extensively with cultural changes in the past 30 years, using film, newspapers, journals, music, literature, posters, and advertising. Course counts as a 'G', 'W'.

Activism in Russia - RUSS 471

Sidney Dement

This course provides an overview of activism in Russia through study of the culture, history, and fate of the Russian and Soviet intelligentsia class. Russia's intelligentsia has repeatedly expressed ambivalence about their role in promoting civil liberties and justice in the political atmospheres of terrible oppression that characterize Russia's past and, according to some, its present. Course counts as a 'C', 'H'.

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