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Russian Studies

 

Approved New Courses 2002

RUSS 2120. Introduction to Russian Culture (3) (GE:HU) (F) Taught in English. No knowledge of Russian required. May not count toward foreign language requirement. Introduction to the most significant achievements of Russian culture in their socio-historical context through study and discussion of important literary texts and other cultural elements.

This course is intended for students who have no prior knowledge of Russian language, literature and history but who are interested in learning more about Russia's rich contribution to world culture. The course is meant to provide students with an overview of the most significant achievements of Russian culture that have occurred throughout the past 1000 years. By examining masterpieces of literature and other art forms in their socio-historical contexts, students will be introduced to the uniqueness and mystery of the "Russian soul".

Class lectures and discussions supplemented by frequent slide, video and musical presentations will enable the students to find means for appreciation, evaluation, and understanding of the most important cultural creations of the Russians. Among the topics covered will be Russian medieval painting and architecture, iconography, Russian baroque and neo-classical architecture; Russian literature of the "Golden age" and the "Silver age", Russian music, opera and ballet, Russian realistic painting of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Russian avant-garde art and theatre, Soviet cinema.

In addition to acquiring knowledge of Russian culture, students will develop their analytical skills and appreciation of literature and the arts.

RUSS 2220. Nineteenth Century Russian Literature in Translation (3) (GE:HU) (F) Taught in English. No knowledge of Russian required. May not count toward foreign language requirement. Literature of Russia during the nineteenth century through study of selected readings in translation.

The goal of this course is to give a concise survey of the growth and the character of Russian literature and culture during the nineteenth century, when Russian belles letters having assimilated Western methods and influences, asserted its originality and became one of the leading literatures of the world, in fact a great literary power. The investigation of biographies and literary works of the most famous Russian writers such as A. Pushkin, M. Lermontov, N. Gogol, I. Turgenev, F. Dostoevsky, L. Tolstoy, and the acquaintance with Russian icons, painting, architecture, music will afford a brilliant opportunity for students to understand Russian people by looking at the amazing art they have created, and to think about the eternal problems of human existence and humanity as a whole. Diverse video programs about Russia's famous landmarks and its complex history, together with varied films and movies also will help students to complete their knowledge of Russian culture. All the texts and video materials will be given in English. This course will require students to read and write critically about different aspects of Russian prose, poetry and drama.

RUSS 2221. Twentieth Century Russian Literature in Translation (3) (GE:HU)(S)Taught in English. No knowledge of Russian required. May not count toward foreign language requirement. Literature and culture of Russia and the Soviet Union during the twentieth century through reading and discussion of significant texts in translation.

The goal of this course is to give a panorama of Russian Literature and culture from 1890s towards 1960s. The investigation of biographies and literary works of the outstanding Russian writers such as Anton Chehkov, Ivan Bunin, Michael Bulgakov, Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Nabokov, Anna Akhmatova, Vladimir Mayakovsky, and others will require students to read and write critically about prose, poetry and drama from the Silver age of Russian literature to its Soviet period, and also Russian émigré culture. Students will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the works studied, and will have acquired an understanding of key aspects of the works and their authors in the literary, cultural, and political context in which they produced. Students will be able to relate their knowledge to other aspects of Russian culture such as painting, music, theatre, cinematography, opera, ballet. Diverse video programs about Russian history and art together with outstanding films and movies will help students to complete their perception of Russian Literature and Culture. All the texts and video materials will be given in English.

RUSS 2700. Special Topics in Russian Studies (3) S) May be taught in Russian or English. Selected topics relating to language, literature or culture of Russia (pre-Soviet, Soviet or post-Soviet). Topics may vary. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 s.h. with change of topic.