Fall 2014 Courses

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RUS 1022. "It Happens Rarely, Maybe, but it Does Happen"---Fantasy and Satire in East Central Europe.
Explores the fantastic in Russian and East European literature from the 1830s into the late twentieth century. Studies the origins of the East European fantastic in Slavic folklore and through the Romantic movement, and traces the historical development of the genre from country to country and era to era. Examines the use of the fantastic for the purpose of satire, philosophical inquiry, and social commentary, with particular emphasis on its critiques of nationalism, modernity, and totalitarianism. Authors include Nikolai Gogol, Mikhail Bulgakov, Karel Capek, Stanislaw Lem, and Franz Kafka.
RUS 1101. Elementary Russian I.
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 2203. Intermediate Russian I.
A continuation of Russian 1101 {101} and 1102 {102}. 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 2221. Soviet Worker Bees, Revolution, and Red Love in Russian Film.
This interdisciplinary examination of Russian culture surveys the development of literary and visual arts from the 1900s through 2010s. It focuses on the themes of the individual vis-à-vis society and on gender politics using literary and cinematic texts. Topics include “the woman question” in Russia, scientific utopias, eternal revolution, individual freedom versus collectivism, conflict between the intelligentsia and the common man, the “new Soviet woman,” nationalism, the thaw, stagnation of the 1970s, sexual liberation, and the search for post-Soviet identity. Exploring the evolution of literary genres (short story and novella) and film techniques in relation to socio-political and cultural developments, we will pay particular attention to questions of the interrelationship between arts, audience and critic, and the politics of form. Weekly film viewings.
RUS 3055. Advanced Reading and Composition in Russian.
Intended to develop the ability to read Russian at a sophisticated level by combining selected language and literature readings, grammar review, and study of Russian word formation. Discussion and reports in Russian. Conversation hour with native speaker.