Spring 2016 courses in Russian Studies
RUSS 102: Elementary Russian II
Continuation of RUSS 101. Communicative activities involving everyday conversation.
RUSS 204: Intermediate Russian II
Students finish learning the basic elements of Russian grmmar, expand their command of vocabulary and begin to read more extensive selections of Russian prose. Emphasizes conversation in practical, everyday situations. Aspects of Russian culture (film, music) incorporated through class sessions and student presentations.
RUSS 210/COLI 200E/ENG 200E: Introduction to Russian Literature in Translation
Introduction to the most important Russian texts from the beginnings of Russian literature
to the present. Students apply the tools of literary analysis to representative novels,
short stories and drama within the context of Russian cultural history. The class
is conducted in English.
Class counts as H, W
RUSS 280N/HIST 225: Russia: 1700-1917
This course surveys the making of modern Russia, starting with the reign of Peter
the Great and ending with the Russian Revolution of 1917. Students will explore the
"Asian" heritage of Muscovite Russia, the Europeanization of Russia's elite and court
culture, the perennial debate over Russia's status as a European or Western nation,
the impact of the French Revolution and the European revolutions of 1848 on Russia's
self-identity as a "European" entity, the nature of serfdom (and the forces that led
to emancipation), the challenges of ruling a Eurasian empire, as well as the social
and ideological forces (both domestic and international) that inspired a revolutionary
search for a non-western and non-capitalist road to economic and social advancement.
Gen Ed: G, N, W
RUSS 280S/COLI 280M: Reading 20th Century Russia and Eastern Europe
In this course we will read widely in an attempt to map several Slavic literary traditions
that give expression to the experiences of the tumultuous twentieth-century in Russia,
and in Eastern and Central Europe. Modernist and postmodernist literary texts and
films will serve as our lenses to look at the important historical events and social
transformations. We will read urban landscapes, landscapes of memory and forgetting,
exile, identity, language, culture and belonging. The readings will be taken from
a variety of literary traditions, such as Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Yiddish, Czechoslovakian
and Yugoslavian. No knowledge of foreign languages is required.
Gen Ed: C, H
RUSS 280V/COLI 240/GERM 241D/MDVL 280D: The Fairy Tale
Structure and meaning of fairy tales. Oral vs. literary fairy tales. Different approaches
to interpreting fairy tales: anthropological, psychological, socio-historical, structuralist.
Lectures approximately once a week; discussion; take-home midterm and final exams;
two 10-page papers.
Gen Ed: H
RUSS 306: Advanced Reading and Composition II
Continuation of RUSS 305 with similar emphasis on reading, writing and retelling skills. Additional focus on understanding Russian news media, including newspapers and broadcasts.
RUSS 341/COLI 280R/ENG 300P: 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation
Representative works by some of the major Russian prose writers of the 20th century
to the present, including Zamiatin, Mayakovsky, Zoshchenko, Babel, Bulgakov, Nabokov,
Solzhenitsyn, Tolstaya, Petrushevskaya and others. Through critical readings and films,
students consider these works in the context of Russian (including Soviet) cultural
history and their reception abroad. Students who read Russian are encouraged to read
the original Russian texts. All classes are conducted in English.
Gen Ed: C, H
RUSS 480C/HIST 426/HIST 560: Soviet Russia
This seminar explores the making of Soviet history—not only as a series of past occurrences,
but also as an historical narrative. Students will come to a better understanding
of both the Soviet past and of the writing about that past, both in the former Soviet
Union and "the West." Course themes include Stalinism, the relationship between the
GULAG and Soviet society, the impact of the Cold War, and the long-term impact of
Stalinist rule on Soviet power.
Gen Ed: C, N