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Russian

Fall 2009

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101. Elementary Russian I
Jane Knox-Voina M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Sills-111
Emphasis on the acquisition of language skills through imitation and repetition of basic language patterns; the development of facility in speaking and understanding simple Russian. Conversation hour with a native speaker.

203. Intermediate Russian I
Raymond Miller M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Sills-209
A continuation of Russian 101, 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.

220. Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Raymond Miller T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Sills-117
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. Russian majors are required to do some reading in Russian.

221. Soviet Worker Bees, Revolution, and Red Love in Russian Film
Jane Knox-Voina T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Sills-107
Explores twentieth-century Russian society through critical analysis of film, art, architecture, music, and literature. Topics include scientific utopias, eternal revolution, individual freedom versus collectivism, conflict between the intelligentsia and the common man, the “new Soviet woman,” nationalism, the thaw and double think, stagnation of the 1970’s, post-glastnost sexual liberation and black hole art. Works of Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, Kandinsky, Chagall, Mayakovsky, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Brodsky, Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn, Petrushevskaya and Tolstaya. Weekly film viewings. Russian majors are required to do some reading in Russian.