2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Russian

Students may complete a major or minor in Russian.

Faculty

Elizabeth Allen, Professor
Sharon Bain, Lecturer
Dan Davidson, Professor (on leave semester II)
Timothy Harte, Associate Professor and Chair
Olia Prokopenko, Instructor
Ekaterina Tarkhanova, Russian

The Russian major is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Russian culture and the Russophone world. The major places a strong emphasis on the development of functional proficiency in the Russian language. Language study is combined with a specific area of concentration to be selected from the fields of Russian literature, history, economics, language/linguistics, or area studies.

College Foreign Language Requirement

The College's foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing RUSS 101 and 102 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in RUSS 102.

Major Requirements

A total of 10 courses is required to complete the major: two in Russian language at the 200 level or above; four in the area of concentration, two at the 200 level and two at the 300 level or above (for the concentration in area studies, the four courses must be in four different fields); three in Russian fields outside the area of concentration; and either RUSS 398, Senior Essay, or RUSS 399, Senior Conference.

Majors are encouraged to pursue advanced language study in Russia in summer, semester, or year-long academic programs. Majors may also take advantage of intensive immersion language courses offered during the summer by the Bryn Mawr Russian Language Institute. As part of the requirement for RUSS 398/399, all Russian majors take senior comprehensive examinations that cover the area of concentration and Russian language competence.

Honors

All Russian majors are considered for departmental honors at the end of their senior year. The awarding of honors is based on a student's overall academic record and all work done in the major.

Minor Requirements

Students wishing to minor in Russian must complete six units at the 100 level or above, two of which must be in the Russian language.

RUSS B001 Elementary Russian

Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work.
Language Level 1
1.5 units
Davidson, D., Hayes,N.

RUSS B002 Elementary Russian

Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing, and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work.
Language Level 1
1.5 units
Bain,S., Hayes,N.

RUSS B101 Intermediate Russian

Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Seven hours a week
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Bain,S., Hayes,N.

RUSS B102 Intermediate Russian

Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Seven hours a week.
Language Level 2
1.0 units
Bain,S., Hayes,N.

RUSS B112 The Great Questions of Russian Literature

This course examines profound questions about the nature and purpose of human existence raised by preeminent 19th- and 20th-century Russian authors in major literary works, including Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, Chekhov's The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard, Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Tolstoy's War and Peace, and Turgenev's Sketches from a Hunter's Album. Discussions address the definition of good and evil, the meaning of freedom, the role of rationality and the irrational in human behavior, and the relationship of art to life. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Allen,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B115 The Golden Age of Russian Literature

An introduction to the great 19th Century Russian authors and some of their most famous, seminal works, including Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades" and "Eugene Onegin," Gogol's "The Inspector General" and "The Overcoat", Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons," Dostoevksy's "The Double" and "White Nights" and Tolstoy's "Childhood, Boyhood and Youth." All readings, lectures, and discussions are conducted in English.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Allen,E.

RUSS B120 Russian Memoirs: Seeking Freedom Within Boundaries

This course examines memoirs by Russian women who either have spent time as political or wartime prisoners or have challenged socially-constructed boundaries through their choice of profession. Students will explore the socio-historical contexts in which these women lived and the ways in which they created new norms in extraordinary circumstances. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Bain,S.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B125 Monsters and Masterpieces: Russia's Age of Enlightenment

This course explores Russia's first museums and research institutions, such as Peter I's Kunstkamera, the Academy of Sciences and the Hermitage. It examines the ways they transformed Russia's intellectual and cultural landscape by challenging deeply-rooted beliefs about God and the natural world during the Russian Enlightenment. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Bain,S.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B201 Advanced Russian

Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week.
1.0 units
Harte,T.

RUSS B202 Advanced Russian

Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week.
1.0 units
Harte,T.

RUSS B212 Russian Literature in Translation

This is a topics course. Topics vary. All readings, lectures, and discussions in English.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B215 Russian Avant-Garde Art, Literature and Film

This course focuses on Russian avant-garde painting, literature and cinema at the start of the 20th century. Moving from Imperial Russian art to Stalinist aesthetics, we explore the rise of non-objective painting (Malevich, Kandinsky, etc.), ground-breaking literature (Bely, Mayakovsky), and revolutionary cinema (Vertov, Eisenstein). No knowledge of Russian required.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B215
Counts toward Film Studies minor
1.0 units
Harte,T.

RUSS B221 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol

This course explores major contributions to the modern Russian literary tradition by its two founding fathers, Aleksander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol. Comparing short stories, plays, novels, and letters written by these pioneering artists, the course addresses Pushkin's and Gogol's shared concerns about human freedom, individual will, social injustice, and artistic autonomy, which each author expressed through his own distinctive filter of humor and playfulness. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Allen,E.

RUSS B223 Russian and East European Folklore

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to major issues in Russian and East European folklore including epic tales, fairy tales, calendar and life-cycle rituals, and folk beliefs. The course also presents different theoretical approaches to the interpretation of folk texts as well as emphasizes the influence of folklore on literature, music, and art. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Bain,S.

RUSS B235 The Social Dynamics of Russian

An examination of the social factors that influence the language of Russian conversational speech, including contemporary Russian media (films, television, and the Internet). Basic social strategies that structure a conversation are studied, as well as the implications of gender and education on the form and style of discourse. Prerequisites: RUSS 201, 202, may be taken concurrently.
Division I: Social Science
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Davidson,D., Hayes,N.

RUSS B238 The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945 Silent Film: From the United States to Soviet Russia and Beyond

This course will explore cinema from its earliest, most primitive beginnings up to the end of the silent era. While the course will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical aspects of cinema, the primary aim is to look at films analytically. Emphasis will be on the various artistic methods that went into the direction and production of a variety of celebrated silent films from around the world. These films will be considered in many contexts: artistic, historical, social, and even philosophical, so that students can develop a deeper understanding of silent cinema's rapid evolution.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS ENGL-B238
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B238
CROSS-LISTED AS HART-B238
Counts toward Film Studies minor
1.0 units
Harte,T.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B253 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities

This seminar provides exposure to influential 20th-century French thinkers. It will examine three major currents: Postcolonial Theory; Feminist Theory; Post-Structuralist Theory. The primary goal here is to introduce students to exciting and difficult critical thought that will prove useful to their future studies and will begin to develop necessary critical skills. While the materials covered are primarily grounded in French intellectual history, the course will also spend time situating these intellectual currents in broader transnational and transdisciplinary contexts. This is a required course for the French major. Course taught in English and serving the humanities.
Division III: Humanities
CROSS-LISTED AS PHIL-B253
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B213
CROSS-LISTED AS FREN-B213
CROSS-LISTED AS GERM-B213
1.0 units
Dostal,R.

RUSS B254 Russian Culture and Civilization

A history of Russian culture—its ideas, its value and belief systems—from the origins to the present that integrates the examination of works of literature, art, and music.
Division I or Division III
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Bain,S.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B258 Soviet and Eastern European Cinema of the 1960s

This course examines 1960s Soviet and Eastern European "New Wave" cinema, which won worldwide acclaim through its treatment of war, gender, and aesthetics. Films from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Yugoslavia will be viewed and analyzed, accompanied by readings on film history and theory. All films shown with subtitles; no knowledge of Russian or previous study of film required.
Division I or Division III
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
1.0 units
Harte,T.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B261 The Russian Anti-Novel

A study of 19th- and 20th-century Russian novels focusing on their strategies of opposing or circumventing European literary conventions. Works by Bulgakov, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy, are compared to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and other exemplars of the Western novelistic tradition. All readings, lectures, and discussions in English.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
CROSS-LISTED AS COML-B261
1.0 units
Allen,E.

RUSS B271 Chekhov: His Short Stories and Plays in Translation

A study of the themes, structure and style of Chekhov's major short stories and plays. The course will also explore the significance of Chekhov's prose and drama in the English-speaking world, where this masterful Russian writer is the most staged playwright after Shakespeare. All readings and lectures in English.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
1.0 units
Harte,T.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation

A study of Vladimir Nabokov's writings in various genres, focusing on his fiction and autobiographical works. The continuity between Nabokov's Russian and English works is considered in the context of the Russian and Western literary traditions. All readings and lectures in English.
Division III: Humanities
Critical Interpretation (CI)
CROSS-LISTED AS ENGL-B277
1.0 units
Harte,T.

RUSS B321 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol

This course explores major contributions to the modern Russian literary tradition by its two founding fathers, Aleksander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol. Comparing short stories, plays, novels, and letters written by these pioneering artists, the course addresses Pushkin's and Gogol's shared concerns about human freedom, individual will, social injustice, and artistic autonomy, which each author expressed through his own distinctive filter of humor and playfulness. The course is taught in English with an additional hour of target language instruction.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Allen,E.

RUSS B330 The Structure of Modern Russian I: Phonetics, Phonology, and Morphology

This seminar introduces advanced undergraduates and graduate students to the linguistic structure of contemporary standard Russian. Topics to be discussed include theoretical and practical issues in the description of Russian phonology, phonetics, and intonation; verbal and nominal morphology; and accentuation. Conducted primarily in Russian. Followed by RUSS 331.
1.0 units
Davidson,D.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B331 The Structure of Modern Russian II: Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics

This seminar introduces advanced undergraduate students to the study of pragmatic norms in contemporary spoken and written Russian. Based on the understanding of language as a series of actions or communicative functions, the course will explore topics in speech act theory, politeness theory, and relevance theory. Discussions will also address practical issues for the acquisition of Russian, such as cross-cultural pragmatics, interlanguage pragmatics, and the teaching of foreign languages.
1.0 units
Shardakova,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B335 Intercultural Pragmatics in Second Language Acquisition

Examines language use in cross-cultural contexts and the acquisition of conversational Russian. Compares the linguistic structure of speech acts in Russian and English, such as requests, commands, apologies, complaints, and threats and explores communication and social relationships between learners of Russian and native speakers. Other topics include the pragmatics of gender, body language, and etiquette in Russian. Prerequisites: RUSS B101, B102 or equivalent.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Bain,S.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B343 Russian Avant-Garde Culture: 1890 - 1935

This seminar focuses on the radical, "avant-garde" transformations that occurred in Russian culture at the beginning of the 20th century. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the interaction of artists in a variety of media resulted in one of Russian culture's most innovative periods. Seminar discussion will cover the painting, poetry, prose, music, ballet and film produced in Russia between 1890 and 1932. Topics include Russia's reevaluation of its cultural heritage through neo-primitive art; the Russian avant-garde's mystical, Eastern underpinnings; the primacy of music for avant-garde artists; and the emergence of abstract, dynamic art.
1.0 units
Allen,E.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B360 Identity and Second Language Acquisition

Introduces the concept of linguistic identity in relation to other identity facets (i. e. gender, ethnicity, class, and culture) and explores ways in which acquisition of a second language affects self-conception and self-representation. Employs critical discourse analysis to discuss how second language learners construct identities through socialization into new speech communities. No knowledge of Russian is required.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Shardakova,M.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B375 Language and Identity Politics of Language in Europe and Eurasia

A brief general introduction to the study of language policy and planning with special emphasis on the Russophone world, the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Surveys current theoretical approaches to bilingualism and language shift. Analyzes Soviet language and nationality policy using published census data for the Soviet period through 1989. Focus on the current "language situation" and policy challenges for the renewal of functioning native languages and cultures and maintenance of essential language competencies, lingua franca, both within the Russian Federation and in the "Near Abroad."
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Davidson,D.
Not offered in 2011-12.

RUSS B380 Seminar in Russian Studies

An examination of a focused topic in Russian literature such as a particular author, genre, theme, or decade. Introduces students to close reading and detailed critical analysis of Russian literature in the original language. Readings in Russian. Some discussions and lectures in Russian. Prerequisites: RUSS 201 and one 200-level Russian literature course.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Hayes,N.

RUSS B390 Russian for Pre-Professionals I

This capstone to the overall language course sequence is designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in Russian to the advanced level or higher, preparing students to carry out academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Prerequisite: study abroad in Russia for at least one summer, preferably one semester; and/or certified proficiency levels of ‘advanced-low' or ‘advanced-mid' in two skills, one of which must be oral proficiency.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Prokopenko,O.

RUSS B391 Russian for Pre-Professionals II

Second part of year long capstone language sequence designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency to the "advanced level," preparing students to carry out advanced academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Prerequisite: RUSS 390 or equivalent.
Division III: Humanities
1.0 units
Prokopenko,O.

RUSS B398 Senior Essay

Independent research project designed and conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. May be undertaken in either fall or spring semester of senior year.
1.0 units
Harte,T.

RUSS B399 Senior Conference

Exploration of an interdisciplinary topic in Russian culture. Topic varies from year to year. Requirements may include short papers, oral presentations, and examinations.
units
Bain,S.

RUSS B403 Supervised Work

1.0 units
Harte,T., Allen,E., Prokopenko,O., Bain,S.