St. Basil's

spring 2018: RuSI 2001 Intro to russian studies: humanities (GE: hu)

Professor Elena Murenina, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
T TH 11:00-12:15 (CRN# 33490)

This interdisciplinary seminar is designed for students who have no prior systematic knowledge of Russian culture, history, or film, but who are interested in learning more about Russia's rich contribution to world culture. Defining the basic patterns of Russian culture in comparison to Western civilization and the American experience, we will focus on Russian cultural identity, the evolution of ideological/artistic norms and moral values, explored through film, animation, documentaries, short stories, fairy tales, art, architecture, fashion, design, and music. In addition to the cultural history of Russia, you will learn how to appreciate and analyze verbal & visual texts and cultural artifacts in the complexity of their socio-cultural, political, and aesthetic contexts, and how to develop critical thinking skills to address global challenges.

This cross-cultural course is an excellent choice for the Foundation Curriculum (FC) Humanities (HU) requirement. It is also a core introductory course for the Russian Studies interdisciplinary minor or the Russian Studies multidisciplinary major. Taught in English. All Russian films will be shown with English subtitles.

Screenings: Andrei Rublev (1966, A. Tarkovsky), Ivan the Terrible (1944, S. Eisenstein) , Onegin (1999, M. Fiennes), Anna Karenina (2012, J. Wright), Doctor Zhivago (1965, D. Lean), Man with a Movie Camera (1928, D. Vertov), Burnt by the Sun (1994, N. Mikhalkov), Cranes Are Flying (1957, M. Kalatozov), Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1979, V. Menshov), Stalker (1979, A. Tarkovsky).


Professor Justin Wilmes, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
M W F 1:00-1:50 (CRN# 32916)

In FORL 2220 (GE: HU) students will explore selected Russian, East European, and Western science fiction films and literary texts in English translation within the broader context of the international science fiction genre. We will take a comparative approach to the problems addressed in the science fiction works of the "eastern" and "western" worlds in order to understand the unique experiences of different cultures. The class will also discuss the predominant formal and thematic tendencies of the genre, especially ethical, philosophical and other questions common to these works: utopia/dystopia, progress, technology, reason, human nature, otherness, and ethics. Students will develop a critical lens for cultural texts and will learn to employ analytical tools of hermeneutics, semiotics and cultural studies.

Fall 2017:

RUSS 1001 Russian Level I  

J. Wilmes. 001 (82767) MWF 10-10:50 Rawl 307

RUSS 2003 Russian Level III

E. Murenina. 001 (82768) TTH 2:00-3:15 Austin 205

RUSI 2001 Intro to Russian Studies: Humanities

E. Murenina. 001 (82101) TTH 11:00-12:15 Flanagan 355

HIST 3552 Imperial Russia, 1682-1917

R. Hernandez. 001 (82053) MWF 12-12:50 BrewB 303

GLST 1000 Intro to Global Studies   

MULT 3500 Thesis: Research (WI)   

J. Wilmes, N. Médevielle. 001 (82178) MWF 12-12:50 BrewB 301

E. Murenina. 001 (82764)

Spring 2017:

ECON 3365 Russian Economic Transition

R. Ericson. 001 (33887) TTh 9:30-10:45 B C302

HIST 3551 History of Medieval Russia, 862-1682

R. Hernandez. 001 (32919) MWF 11:00-11:50 B B201

RUSI 2001 Intro to Russian Studies: Humanities

E. Murenina. 001 (34279) TTh 11-12:15 B D208

RUSI 4000 Senior Seminar in Russian Studies

E. Murenina. 001 (34281) TTh 3:30-4:45 Rawl 207

RUSS 1002 Russian Level II

J. Wilmes. 001 (34276) MWF 10:00-10:50 Rawl 202

RUSS 2004 Russian Level IV

J. Wilmes. 001 (34277) MWF 1:00-1:50 Bate 1021

RUSS 3221 20th C. Russian Lit in Trans

E. Murenina. 001 (34278) TTh 2-3:15 Rawl 207