Russian

Professors: Alexis KlimoffabVisiting Instructors: Elizabeth Papazian (Acting Chair);Adjunct Lecturer: Masha Vorobiov.

ab Absent on leave for the year.

Requirements for Concentration: 13 units including Russian 152 (or 365), 235, 236, 331/332, and 3 units in literature at the 300-level.

Senior-Year Requirements: 3 units of advanced course work except for students returning from a full-year JYA program in Russia, who may satisfy this requirement with 2 units of 300-level work. Senior thesis (300) is required only of students who are candidates for departmental honors.

Recommendations: Study of the language should be started in the freshman year. Study at an accredited summer school is strongly urged. JYA in Russia through approved exchange programs.

A Teaching Certification program is available.

Advisers: The department.

Correlate Sequence in Russian: Students majoring in other programs may complement their study by electing one of the two correlate sequences outlined below.

Correlate Sequence in Russian Language: seven of the following courses: Russian 105-106, 210-211, 331/332, 340, 341, 355, 356, 360, 362, 365, 370.

Correlate Sequence in Russian Literature: Russian 105-106, 210-211, 331/332, plus two literature courses on the 300-level.


I. Introductory

105a-106b. Elementary Russian (11/2)

The essentials of grammar with emphasis on the development of oral-aural proficiency. Ms. Papazian.

Open to all classes. Five 50-minute periods plus two hours of oral practice.

135a. The Russian Novel: The Secular Vision (1)

The great tradition of the Russian novel with particular emphasis on the writers of the early and middle nineteenth century: Pushkin, Gogol, and Turgenev. The department.

Open to all classes. All readings to be in English. Russian majors see Russian 235a.

Three 50-minute periods.

136b. The Russian Novel: The Religious Vision (1)

A continuation of Russian 135a in which most of the great novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky are read. The department.

Open to all classes. All readings to be in English. Russian majors see 236b.

Three 50-minute periods.

[152b. Post-1917 Russian Fiction] (1)

Representative works of the major authors with emphasis on the 1920s and on the literature after the death of Stalin. Readings and lectures in English. Russian majors required to read selected portions in the original Russian. The department.

Alternate years: not offered in 1999/00.

[165a. Russian Culture] (1)

A survey of the principal features of the Russian cultural tradition within a historical framework. Topics explored include folklore and the legacy of Slavic paganism, the religious world of medieval Russia with special emphasis on art and architecture, the inroads of secular culture in the post-Petrine period, the challenges of Westernization, the utopian aspirations typical of the revolutionary movements, and the mythologies generated in the Soviet period. Given in English. Mr. Klimoff.

Satisfies college requirement for a Freshman Course.

Not offered in 1999/00.

171a. Russia and the Short Story (1)

In this course, having briefly considered the specifics of the short story as a literary genre, we proceed to read, discuss and analyze selected short story masterpieces by Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov and others. The department.

Satisfies college requirement for a Freshman Course.

Two 75-minute periods.

181b. Soviet Film: Propaganda, Myth, Modernism (1)

A survey of Soviet cinema from the 1920s to 1991. Films to be considered include early masterpieces by Eisenstein, Kuleshov, Pudovkin, Dovzhenko, and Vertov; 1930s musicals and Socialist Realism; movies of the "Thaw" and the 60s-including films by Tarkovsky, Muratova, Askoldov, and Paradjanov; all the way up to "glasnost." Readings include theoretical articles by the filmmakers, literary and cultural critics, and contemporary film critics and historians. Given in English. Ms. Papazian.

Two 75-minute periods plus a weekly screening session.


II. Intermediate

210a-211b. Intermediate Russian (1)

Review and completion of basics of grammar, and analysis of more complex grammatical phenomena through the study of literary texts, historical and newspaper texts, composition, and discussion. The department.

Prerequisite: Russian 105-106 or permission of instructor.

Four 50-minute periods plus one hour of oral practice.

235a, 236b. The Russian Novel (1)

Designed for Russian majors. Students in this course attend the same lectures as those in Russian 135, but are required to read certain works in the original.

298. Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

Program to be worked out in consultation with an instructor. The department.


III. Advanced

Prerequisite for all advanced courses: Russian 210-211. Additional prerequisites indicated where appropriate.

300a or b. Senior Thesis (1)

331a/332b. Advanced Russian (1)

A course designed to increase all aspects of Russian proficiency. Includes readings on a wide range of topics, discussion, oral reports, stylistic analysis, written assignments, and review of persistent grammatical difficulties. Ms. Vorobiov.

[340a. The Russian Short Story] (1)

A study of selected texts from Pushkin to the present day. The department.

Prerequisite: Russian 331 or permission of instructor.

Not offered in 1999/00.

[355a. Tolstoy] (1)

A study and analysis of selected works.

Prerequisite: Russian 331/332 or permission of instructor.

Alternate years: not offered in 1999/00.

356b. Dostoevsky (1)

A study of a novel.

Prerequisite: Russian 331/332 or permission of instructor.

Alternate years: offered in 1999/00.

[360b. Gogol] (1)

A study and analysis of the shorter works. Mr. Klimoff.

Prerequisite: 331/332 or permission of instructor.

Alternate years: not offered in 1999/00.

[362a. Pushkin] (1)

A study and analysis of the longer narrative and dramatic works with special emphasis onEugene Onegin. The department.

Prerequisite: Russian 331/332 or by permission of instructor.

Alternate years: not offered in 1999/00.

365a. The Silver Age of Russian Poetry (1)

A study of representative works by Blok, Mandelshtam, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovsky, Pasternak and several other poets. Mr. Klimoff.

Prerequisite: Russian 331/332 or by permission of instructor.

Alternate years: offered in 1999/00.

[370a. Composition and Stylistics] (1)

A fourth-year course involving a further exploration of grammatical, syntactical, and stylistic problems. Ms. Vorobiov.

Prerequisite: Russian 331/332 or permission of instructor.

Not offered in 1999/00.

399. Senior Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

Program to be worked out in consultation with an instructor. The department.