Fall 2013 Courses

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101. Elementary Russian I
Michael Klimov 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 1102 {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.
219. Of Men and Monsters: Humanity versus Technology in Modern and Post-Modern Russian Literature
Kristina Toland T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Asks what it means to be “human” as we examine the aesthetic and ethical consequences of human interactions with technology in Soviet and contemporary Russian culture. Analyzes texts and films that feature humans, robots, man-machine hybrids, and bodily transformations to provide an opportunity to discuss the ways humans interact with each other and to interrogate the values of technological innovations through the figure of the monster. In looking at the relationships between body and technology and body and culture, considers the ways in which alternative embodiments emerge out of particular political and social regimes and ideologies. Additional theoretical texts help to show how the humanist belief in the natural supremacy of Man has been called into question at specific moments of Russian history.
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
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.
310. Modern Russian Literature
Kristina Toland
An introduction to twentieth-century Russian literature from Symbolism to Postmodernism. Reading of poetry by Blok, Akhmatova, Mayakovsky, Evtushenko, and Okudzhava, along with short prose by Zamiatin, Babel, Zoshchenko, Kharms, Shalamov, Aksenov, Shukshin, Petrushevskaya, Tolstaya, Ulitskaya, Sadur, and Pelevin. Close readings of the assigned works are viewed alongside other artistic texts and cultural phenomena, including the bard song, film, conceptual and sots-art, and rock- and pop-music.