Spring 2012 Courses

102. Elementary Russian II
Lisa Hayden M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
Continuation of Russian 101. 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.
204. Intermediate Russian II
Raymond Miller M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
A continuation of Russian 203. 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.
216. Birth of the Modern: Romanticism in East-Central Europe, 1790-1848
Raymond Miller T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55
Explores the impact of the Romantic movement in Europe east of Germany. Topics and themes to be explored include: the discovery of national history and folk culture; the cult of the poet and the creation of "national" literatures; Pan-Slavism and the birth of Romantic nationalism among the Slavic peoples. Special emphasis on the problematic reception of Romanticism in Russia, and the connection there between Romantic literature and the development of the realist novel after 1848. Authors include Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Adam Mickiewicz, and other writers from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.
307. Russian Folk Culture
Raymond Miller W 6:30 - 9:25
A study of Russian folk culture: folk tales, fairy tales, legends, and traditional oral verse, as well as the development of folk motives in the work of modern writers. Special emphasis on Indo-European and Common Slavic background. Reading and discussion in Russian. Short papers.