RUSS 1001 Elementary Russian (4 Credits)
Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary; emphasis on oral skills; introduction to Russian culture. First quarter of three quarter sequence.
RUSS 1002 Elementary Russian (4 Credits)
Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary; emphasis on oral skills; introduction to Russian culture. Second quarter of three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: RUSS 1001 or permission of instructor.
RUSS 1003 Elementary Russian (4 Credits)
Basic grammar, syntax and vocabulary; emphasis on oral skills; introduction to Russian culture. Third quarter of three quarter sequence. Prerequisite: RUSS 1002 or permission of instructor.
RUSS 1416 Introduction to Russian Culture: Evil and the Supernatural (4 Credits)
What is evil? Where does it come from and what place does it have in our world? What, if anything, are we supposed to do about it? We examine how Russian writers wrestle with these thorny questions, and how they engage in a dialogue with the Russian folk tradition and the Orthodox church--two rich resources for thinking about and coping with evil. We read world-famous Russian classics such as Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Gogol, and Bulgakov, as well as Russian folk tales, writings produced by Russian Orthodox clergy, and recent critical studies that represent a broad range of approaches to the problem of evil. No knowledge of Russian is necessary; all class discussion, readings, and writing are in English. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. Cross listed with RUSS 2416.
RUSS 1613 Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization (4 Credits)
This course surveys Russia's cultural past and present. Although it touches on aspects of Soviet Culture, the main emphasis is what has been called the "real Russian Culture," eclipsed for seventy years under the communist regime. The course surveys the various attitudes of Russian thinkers and authors towards the question of national identity and national destiny. Examples of Russian high culture (literature, art, film, music) and Russian religious faith (Orthodoxy) are discussed alongisde daily life and folkloric beliefs. The course includes several significant Russian films. Knowledge of Russian language and history is not required. The course format consists of lectures, slides, video and audio presentations, as well as whole-class and small-group discussions. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
RUSS 1860 The Russian Short Story (4 Credits)
This course will introduce students to Russian literature through some of its shorter “masterpieces” of fiction. Students will explore the lives and ideas of some of Russia’s greatest writers, the literary movements of which they were a part, and the broader cultural and historical periods in which they wrote. Students will read and analyze works from the end of the 18th century to the Post-Soviet era, including stories by Pushkin, Gogol, Chekhov, and others. All course materials in English translation. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. No prerequisites.
RUSS 1922 The Soviet Experiment in Literature and Film (4 Credits)
Architects of the Soviet experiment claimed to create a radically new type of society and person, superior to all that came before. What were the defining features and founding myths of the Soviet identity, as propagandized by the government? How did this imagined identity clash with realities of life in the USSR? What cultural figures opposed the official discourse, and what artistic modes of resistance did they develop? To explore these questions, we read fiction and poetry by authors central to defining and contesting the Soviet experiment, including Maiakovski, Gladkov, Ginzburg, Pelevin, Dovlatov, and Petrushevskaya, and watch ground-breaking films by Vertov, Tarkovsky, Daneliya and others. All materials are in English. No prior knowledge of Russian literature or culture is required. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
RUSS 2001 Second Stage Russian (4 Credits)
Review of grammar, development of all language and cultural skills. Prerequisite: RUSS 1003 or equivalent. First quarter of two quarter sequence.
RUSS 2002 Second Stage Russian II (4 Credits)
Review of grammar, development of all language and cultural skills. Prerequisite: RUSS 2001 or equivalent. Second quarter of two quarter sequence.
RUSS 2110 Russian in a Cultural Context (4 Credits)
Continued development of Russian language and cultural skills with focus on all aspects of Russian culture, particularly Russian literature. Prerequisite: RUSS 2002 or equivalent.
RUSS 2111 Linguistic Politeness and Intercultural Communication (4 Credits)
In this course, students will explore how American and Russian speakers perceive politeness, and how sociocultural values underlying both cultures affect the speakers’ communicative styles, their performance and perception of speech acts, and expression of emotions. Although this course focuses on Russian, other cultures will also be analyzed, such as German and Polish, and those of students’ heritage. This course will help students to improve their communicative competence and deepen their understanding of some European cultures. The course will be conducted in English. Highly recommended for students planning on studying in Russia, Germany, or Poland. The course format consists of lectures, presentations, as well as class and group discussions. Students who major in Russian may get credit by providing coursework in Russian. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.
RUSS 2116 Russian 19th-Century Novel: Society, Identity, and the Rise of Prose Fiction (4 Credits)
This course introduces students to classical Russian novels by world-famous authors, including Pushkin, Lermontov, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Students develop an ability to interpret each work with a dual focus on text and context. Students deepen their appreciation of literary texts as works of art through learning to read closely and focusing on literary devices such as the narrator's voice, plot, structure, and figurative language. Students also learn to relate novels to their historical and cultural context, the better to understand how Russian writers responded to their country's intractable problems that included a crisis of cultural identity, the injustices of serfdom, and debates about women's place in society. All readings in English translation. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. No prerequisites.
RUSS 2917 Russian Revolution in Literature and History (4 Credits)
The course introduces students to the literature, history, and art of the Russian revolution of 1917. Students examine how Russian literature helped pave the way for the revolution and how literature and film helped Russians make sense of the radical transformation of their society. Students gain insight into the reciprocal relationship of art and politics, learning how literature shaped the revolutionary movement and how the revolution inspired new forms of artistic expression. All readings in English translation. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement. No prerequisites.
RUSS 3101 Advanced Conversation & Composition (4 Credits)
RUSS 3200 Seminar: Russian Short Story (4 Credits)
Russia through the study of selected short stories. Prerequisite: RUSS 2110 or 2111 or equivalent.
RUSS 3232 Russian Avant-Garde (4 Credits)
This interdisciplinary course addresses various manifestations of Russian Modernism and the Russian avant-garde in art, literature, poetry, music, theatre, and film in the late 19th – early 20th century. Its objective is to provide an understanding of the time's rapid, drastic, and often conflicting cultural and artistic transformations by examining in depth major Russian Modernist works. Students will explore such artistic and literary movements as Symbolism, Cubo-Futurism, Neo-Primitivism, Suprematism, Rayonism, and Constructivism in the context of Russian late Imperial, revolutionary, and early Soviet social, political, and philosophical developments. We will pay special attention to the cultural dialogues between Russia and the West and investigate the aesthetic, erotic, and social utopias of Russian Modernism. The course examines philosophical essays, films, plays, poems, short stories, music, and art created during the period, beginning with the first modernist experimentation of the Silver Age (turn of the century) through the imposition of Socialist Realism in the 1930s.
RUSS 3300 Short Russian Prose (4 Credits)
An advanced conversation and composition course based on Russian prose. Prerequisite: RUSS 3101 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
RUSS 3650 Soviet and Post Soviet Cinema (4 Credits)
Selected topics, authors and movements in medieval, Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet literature. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: RUSS 3101 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
RUSS 3701 Topics in Russian Literature (4 Credits)
Selected topics, authors and movements in medieval, Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet literature. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: RUSS 3500 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
RUSS 3850 Working with Russian Media (4 Credits)
Multimedia course emphasizing new media in Russian culture and society. Prerequisite: RUSS 3101 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
RUSS 3991 Independent Study (1-5 Credits)
RUSS 3995 Independent Research (1-5 Credits)
RUSS 3998 Honors Thesis (1-4 Credits)