Fall 2010 Courses

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022. "It Happens Rarely, Maybe, but It Does Happen"--Fantasy and Satire in East Central Europe
Raymond Miller T  2:30 - 3:55
TH 2:30 - 3:55
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.
101. Elementary Russian I
Jane Knox-Voina M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
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.
203. Intermediate Russian I
Raymond Miller M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
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.
221. Soviet Worker Bees, Revolution, and Red Love in Russian Film
Jane Knox-Voina T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
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 1970s, post-glasnost sexual liberation, and black hole post-soviet film. Works of Eisenstein, Vertoy, Pudovkin,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.
305. Advanced Reading and Composition in Russian
Raymond Miller 
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.