Spring 2013 Courses

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102. Elementary Russian II
Michael Klimov M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 The Hazelton Room (Kanbar 109)
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 Sills-209
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.

218. Smashing the Fourth Wall: Russian Theater Arts in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
Kristina Toland T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 CT-16 Harrison McCann
Studies the elements of the 20th and 21st century Russian and Soviet Theater by analyzing the works of canonical writers and important contemporary authors and by considering a range of theatrical ideas and conventions. In order to understand the specific purposes of play-writing as a form of fiction presented in performance, various aspects of theater production will be highlighted in relation to the texts read in class. Significant emphasis will be placed on the study of visual culture as the essential contributing factor in the development of theater arts. We will read plays, watch performances, and examine visual artworks related to stage production. Authors to be read in the course may include: Anton Chekhov, Alexander Block, Vladimir Maykovsky, Nikolai Erdman, Mikhail Bulgakov, Daniil Kharms, Alexandr Vampilov, Liudmila Petryshevskaya, Olga Mukhina, and others. Texts by Vsevolod Meyerhold, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Nikolai Evreinov, and other theater practitioners, theoreticians, and critics will be read as well.

223. Dostoevsky and the Novel
Raymond Miller T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Sills-107
Examines Fyodor Dostoevsky’s later novels. Studies the author’s unique brand of realism (“fantastic realism,” “realism of a higher order”), which explores the depths of human psychology and spirituality. Emphasis on the anti-Western, anti-materialist bias of Dostoevsky’s quest for meaning in a world growing increasingly unstable, violent, and cynical. Special attention is given to the author’s treatment of urban poverty and the place of women in Russian society.

316. Russian Poetry
Raymond Miller T 4:00 - 4:55, W 4:00 - 4:55, TH 4:00 - 4:55 Sills-Peucinian Room
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.