Independent Minds, Working Together

Courses

RUSS 10100: Beginning Russian (Level I) (.pdf)
An introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Russian; acquisition of basic grammar; conversational practice and short readings. Cultural content. Five hours per week. Annually. Fall.

RUSS 10200: Beginning Russian (Level II)
Continuation of RUSS 10100, with increased emphasis on conversational, reading, and writing skills. Cultural content. Prerequisite: RUSS 10100 or placement. Annually. Spring. HIST 10100-10136. INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION (when topic focuses on Russian history) [W, some sections count toward C, HSS]

RUSS 20100: Intermediate Russian (Level III) (.pdf)
Review and enhancement of basic grammar; practice through speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Attention to reading strategies. Exposure to cultural material. Four hours per week. Prerequisite: RUSS 10200 or placement. Annually. Fall.

RUSS 20200: Intermediate Russian (Level IV)
Continuation of RUSS 20100, with still greater emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing. Cultural content. Prerequisite: RUSS 20100. Annually. Spring.

RUSS 21000: Russian Civilization: From Folklore to Philosophy (Comparative Literature)
An introductory and interdisciplinary study of fundamental aspects of Russian culture from medieval Russia through the post-Soviet era, with emphasis on the changing and evolving concept of Russian identity over the centuries. A broad range of texts will include folktales, memoirs, fiction, painting, poetry, philosophy, music and film. Every three years. Fall 2012. [W, C, AH]

RUSS 22000: Russian Culture Through Film (Comparative Literature, Film Studies)
An introduction to twentieth-century Russian society and culture through the medium of cinema, covering the immediate pre- and post-revolutionary periods, Stalinism, the post-Stalin “thaw,” stagnation under Brezhnev, Gorbachev’s “perestroika” and “glasnost,” and the post-communist era. Weekly screenings of films will be supplemented with readings in Russian film theory and criticism. Every three years. Not offered 2012-2013. [C, AH]

RUSS 23000: Russian Drama Practicum (Comparative Literature)
This course has two components. The first is an in-depth study of the works of one major Russian playwright. The course will address figures such as Nikolai Gogol, Anton Chekhov, and Mikhail Bulgakov. Since these artists were prose writers to the same extent as they were playwrights, we will read a wide selection of both their prose and their dramatic works in order to understand the significance of their artistic innovations. The second part of the course will be to produce one of our author’s major plays as a class and to present it to the public at the end of the semester. No acting experience required. Every three years. Not offered 2012-2013. [C, AH]

RUSS 25000-25001: Russian Literature in the Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (Comparative Literature)
In the nineteenth century, Russia witnessed an unprecedented explosion of literary and intellectual activity, a renaissance which yielded some of the greatest masterpieces world literature has seen. Our course will examine the seven most prominent authors of this period, with special emphasis on Russia’s unique handling of the sudden influx of European philosophy and culture (Rationalism, Idealism, Romanticism, Atheism, Socialism). Through its literary canon, we will explore how Russia envisioned the problems of modern individualism in a culture divided between European and Slavic roots. Every three years. Spring 2013. [C, AH]

RUSS 26000: The Artist and the Tyrant: Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (Comparative Literature)
Russian literature developed side by side with the myths and horrors of a cataclysmic twentieth century. In this course, we will read some of the most powerful artistic meditations on the collapse of imperial Russia, on the dream and nightmare of the Soviet experiment, and on the search for dignity and meaning in the post-Soviet contemporary world. Authors include Nobel laureates Pasternak, Bunin, Solzhenitsyn and Brodsky. We will also read novels by Bulgakov and Nabokov, short stories from a host of writers from Babel to Petrushevksaya, and some of the major poetry of the era in translation. Every three years. Not offered 2012-2013. [C, AH]

CMLT 24800: The Perils of Romanticism: Nineteenth-Century European Literature [C, AH]

HIST 23000: Russia to 1900 [C, HSS]

HIST 23300: Russia since 1900 [C, HSS]

HIST 30100-30142: Problems in History (when topic focuses on Russian history) [C, R, HSS]

RUSS 40000: Tutorial
Individually supervised advanced language learning. By prior arrangement with the department only.
Prerequisite: RUSS 20200 or equivalent; the approval of both the supervising faculty member and the chairperson is required prior to registration.

RUSS 40100: Independent Study
Bibliographical and research methods in Russian Studies, including the preparation of one longer research paper. Normally taken Semester II of the junior year.

RUSS 45100: Senior Independent Study - Semester One
The first semester of the Senior Independent Study project, in which each student engages in creative and independent research of a specific topic in Russian Studies guided by a faculty mentor and which culminates in a thesis and an oral examination in the second semester. Prerequisite: RUSS 40100.

RUSS 45200: Senior Independent Study - Semester One
The second semester of the Senior Independent Study project, which culminates in the thesis and an oral examination. Prerequisite: RUSS 45100.