Spring 2014 Courses

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RUS 1102. Elementary Russian II.
Michael Klimov.
Continuation of Russian 1101 (101). Emphasis on the acquisition of language skills through imitation and repetition of basic language patterns; multimedia material (seeing and making short film clips); the development of facility in speaking through interactive dialogues and understanding simple Russian. Conversation hour with native speaker.
RUS 2204. Intermediate Russian II.
Michael Klimov.
A continuation of Russian 2203 (203). Emphasis on maintaining and improving the student’s facility in speaking and understanding normal conversational Russian. Writing and reading skills are also stressed. Conversation hour with native speaker.
RUS 2220. Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature.
Kristina Toland.
Traces the development of Russian realism and the Russian novel in the context of contemporary intellectual history. Specific topics include the Russian response to Romanticism; the rejection of Romanticism in favor of the “realistic” exposure of Russia’s social ills; Russian nationalism and literary Orientalism; the portrayal of women and their role in Russian society; the reflection of contemporary political controversies in Russian writing. Authors include Pushkin, Gogol’, Lermontov, Belinsky, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. All reading materials are in English translation. Lectures, class discussions, presentations, and written assignments are all in English.
RUS 2225. Lev Tolstoy, His Life and Work.
Kristina Toland.
Introduces the important works of Lev Tolstoy. We will focus on the artistic, moral, and philosophical concerns of the author within the context of his select short stories and novels, as well as theoretical, religious, and political texts. By focusing on autobiographical themes traced from his fictionalized autobiography Childhood, through A Confession, the students will develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of the life and art of one of the greatest novelist in Russian literary canon. All course content is in English.
RUS 3077. Russian Folk Culture.
Michael Klimov.
A study of Russian folk culture: folk tales, fairy tales, legends, and traditional oral verse, as well as the development of folk motives in the work of modern writers. Special emphasis on Indo-European and Common Slavic background. Reading and discussion in Russian. Short papers.
RUS 3099. Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature.
Kristina Toland.
A survey of Russian prose of the nineteenth century. Special attention paid to the development of Russian realism. Writers include Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol’, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy.