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Current Offerings


Vodkin 1913

SPRING 2015: RUSI 2001 Introduction to Russian Studies: Humanities (FC:HU)
Professor Elena Murenina, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
TTh 11-12:15pm Bate 1018 (33621).

This interdisciplinary course will introduce you to one of the most exciting and mysterious cultures in the world. In one semester, you will "travel visually" through Medieval, Imperial, Soviet and modern Russia, visiting Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Volga River, the Ural Mountains and Siberia. As we define the basic pattern of Russian culture in comparison to Western civilization and the American experience, we will focus on Russian cultural identity, the Russian land and its people, the evolution of ideological/artistic norms and moral values, explored through film, animation, short stories, fairy-tales and fine arts.

Taught in English. All Russian films will be shown in class with English subtitles.
This cross-cultural course is an excellent choice for the Foundations Curriculum (FC) Humanities (HU) / Cultural Diversity requirement. It is also one of two required courses for the Russian Studies Interdisciplinary minor or major.

Stravinsky Firebird

Fall 2014: RUSS 2120 Introduction to Russian Culture. (FC:HU)
Professor Irina Swain, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Taught online (84131).

Designed for students who have no prior knowledge of the Russian language, culture or history. The course will introduce one of the world's most enigmatic cultures by examining masterpieces of Russian literature, art, music and film. In addition to the content knowledge of Russian cultural history, students learn to appreciate literature, film and the arts. Another goal of the course is to develop critical thinking skills to address global challenges. Taught in English ONLINE.

Fall 2014: RUSS 3220 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation. (FC:HU).
Professor Elena Konstantinovna Murenina, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
TTh 12:30-1:45pm Bate 1018 (84113 and honors section 84118).

Masterpieces of the “Golden Age” of Russian literature (1820s-1890s), with a focus on the works of the canonical Russian writers - Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov - from the insights into their exceptional lives and concurrent historical events towards a gradual understanding of their intriguing characters and plots through an in-depth analysis and appreciation of their poetics.
What gives a classical Russian novel its power over the imagination, and how can we define its distinguishing features? What are the aesthetic, philosophical, psychological and ethical dimensions of Russian prose, poetry and drama? What can we learn about ourselves and the world by reading Anna Karenina in translation, or watching Russian, American, and British film adaptations of Russian classics? What are the great lessons of Russian literature, what does it have to offer both us and our times?

The Mirror

SPRING 2014: RUSI 4000 Seminar in Russian Auteur Cinema: Tarkovsky
Professor Elena Murenina, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
W 2-5pm Bate 2020 (35058).

Revered by film-making giants such as Bergman and Kurosawa, Andrey Tarkovsky is famous for his use of long shots, dream-like metaphorical imagery, and for his meditations on spirituality and the human soul. In this seminar we will focus on the masterpieces of the legendary Russian director who perceived the role of the filmmaker as one of 'sculpting in time.' By examining auteur cinema classics, we will explore Tarkovsky "poetic cinema" within the aesthetic and ideological dynamics of old and modern Russia. Taught in English. All Russian films will be shown with English subtitles.

Screenings: Andrei Rublev (1966), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), The Mirror (1974), Solaris (1972), Stalker (1979), Nostalgia (1982), The Sacrifice (1986)




Fall 2014:

HIST 3551
Medieval Russia 862-1682
R. Hernandez
001 MWF 3-3:50
B B204
RUSS 1001
Russian Level I
E. Murenina
001 MWF 11-11:50
Bate 1018
RUSS 1003
Russian Level III
E. Murenina
001 MWF 1-1:50
Bate 2015
RUSS 2120
Intro to Russian Culture
I. Swain
001 for campus
601 for DE only
RUSS 2700
Intermediate Comp. & Conversation
I. Swain
001 MWF 12-12:50
RUSS 3220
19th C. Russian Lit. in Translation
E. Murenina
001 TTh 12:30-1:45
299 Honors
Bate 1018


Spring 2015:

ECON 3365
Russian Economic Transition
R. Ericson
001 MWF 9-9:50
B C304
HIST 5470
History of Soviet Russia since 1917
R. Hernandez
001 M 6-9:00
B D203
RUSI 2001
Intro to Russian Studies: Humanities
E. Murenina
001 TTh 11-12:15
Bate 1018
RUSI 3931
RUSI 3932
Directed Readings: Literary Biography
E. Murenina
Bate 3303
RUSI 3933
Directed Readings: Media Studies
E. Murenina
Bate 3303
RUSI 4000
Seminar in Russian Studies
E. Murenina
RUSS 1002
Russian Level II
I. Swain
001 TTh 12:30-1:45
Bate 1021
RUSS 1004
Russian Level IV
E. Murenina
001 TTh 2-3:15
Bate 2020
RUSS 2120
Intro to Russian Culture
I. Swain
001 Online



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