Fall 2011 Courses

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.
220. Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Raymond Miller T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
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.
305. Advanced Reading and Composition in Russian
Raymond Miller M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25
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.
316. Russian Poetry
Jane Knox-Voina T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Examines various nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian poets, including Pushkin, Lermontov, Blok, and Mayakovsky. Earlier history of Russian verse is also discussed. Includes study of Russian poetics and the cultural-historical context of each poet’s work. Reading and discussion are in Russian. Short papers.