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Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
RUSS B002-001Elementary Russian IntensiveSemester / 1.5Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFRussian Center Conference RoomHarte,T., Stavis,J., Stavis,J.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHRussian Center Conference Room
RUSS B102-001Intermediate RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFRussian Center Conference RoomGrigoryan,B.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHRussian Center Conference Room
RUSS B202-001Advanced RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFRussian Center Seminar RoomWalsh,I.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTHRussian Center Seminar Room
RUSS B214-001Anna Karenina and the Tasks of LiteratureSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWCollege Hall 116Grigoryan,B.
RUSS B277-001Nabokov in TranslationSemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHEnglish House IHarte,T.
RUSS B365-001Russian and Soviet Film CultureSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFRussian Center Conference RoomRojavin,M., Rojavin,M.
Film Screening: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM SUCarpenter Library 13
RUSS B380-001Seminar in Russian Studies: Master and MargaritaSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWRussian Center Seminar RoomWalsh,I.
RUSS B391-001Russian for Pre-Professionals IISemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall BRojavin,M.
RUSS B398-001Senior EssaySemester / 1
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

Fall 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
RUSS B001-001Elementary Russian IntensiveSemester / 1.5Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFHarte,T., Shaw,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
RUSS B101-001Intermediate RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFGrigoryan,B.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
RUSS B201-001Advanced RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFWalsh,I.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
RUSS B217-001The Cinema of Andrei TarkovskySemester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHHarte,T.
RUSS B218-001The Coming-Of-Age Novel in 19th-century EuropeSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWGrigoryan,B.
RUSS B235-001The Social Dynamics of RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHWalsh,I.
RUSS B316-001Russian and Soviet Short StorySemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFRojavin,M.
RUSS B390-001Russian for Pre-Professionals ISemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFRojavin,M.
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
ITAL B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities: Critical TheoriesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWGiammei,A.

Spring 2019

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
RUSS B002-001Elementary Russian IntensiveSemester / 1.5Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFHarte,T., Shaw,J.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
RUSS B102-001Intermediate RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFGrigoryan,B.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
RUSS B106-001Intensive Survival RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFWalsh,I.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTH
RUSS B202-001Advanced RussianSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFWalsh,I.
Lecture: 9:55 AM-10:45 AM TTH
RUSS B219-001Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol - Russian Romantics?Semester / 1Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTHGrigoryan,B.
RUSS B227-001Russia and its Ecology: Cultural and Historical PerspectivesSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWHarte,T.
RUSS B380-001Seminar in Russian StudiesSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHWalsh,I.
RUSS B391-001Russian for Pre-Professionals IISemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFRojavin,M.
RUSS B399-001Senior ConferenceSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 2:00 PM FDept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA
RUSS B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 1Dept. staff, TBA

2018-19 Catalog Data

RUSS B001 Elementary Russian Intensive
Fall 2018
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.
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RUSS B002 Elementary Russian Intensive
Spring 2019
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B101 Intermediate Russian
Fall 2018
Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Five hours a week
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RUSS B102 Intermediate Russian
Spring 2019
Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Five hours a week.
Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B106 Intensive Survival Russian
Spring 2019
This course will be an intensive "crash" course in Russian for those enrolled in the 360 who have no prior experience studying or speaking Russian (those in the 360 who have studied the Russian language in the past will be expected to take a concurrent Russian language course at the College). This course will entail 5 hrs./week of elementary language instruction in Russian, with special emphasis on speaking skills needed for the trip.

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RUSS B201 Advanced Russian
Fall 2018
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.
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RUSS B202 Advanced Russian
Spring 2019
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.
Course does not meet an Approach

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RUSS B206 Dostoevsky in Translation
Not offered 2018-19
This course provides a dynamic and comprehensive survey of Fyodor Dostoevsky's career. We will study the formal and thematic dimensions of his works in detail and contextualize his oeuvre in relation to such areas as Russian and European literary, intellectual, cultural, and political history; the relevant secular and religious philosophical traditions and currents; Dostoevsky's own rather storied biography; his frequently polemical (but always robust) responses to West European cultural and intellectual trends; the reception of his works both in Russia and abroad, and their impact on foundational theoretical approaches to the study of literature broadly and the novel especially. Readings include Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and a number of celebrated short works. All readings in English translation.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B209 Russia and the East: Siberia in Russian Culture
Not offered 2018-19
"We are Asians!," famously declared the Russian poet Aleksandr Blok in 1918. Russian culture has long celebrated the nation's close ties to the east as well as its ancient eastern heritage. From the time of Genghis Khan and the Mongolian yoke's invasion of Kievan Rus' in the 13th century to the present day and Vladimir Putin's ongoing geopolitical pivot to the east, Russia has grappled with its eastern roots, its vast eastern expanse, and Sino-Russian relations. This course will explore a wide variety of cultural manifestations of Russia's eastern orientation: Russian philosophy at the turn into the 20th century that emphasized Russia's eastern, mystical focus; Russian symbolist poetry and prose that amplified Russia's ties to the East; silent cinema of the 1920s that linked revolution to the East; non-fiction accounts of penal colonies and work camps scattered throughout Siberia (with particular emphasis on the work of Chekhov, Solzhenitsyn, Shalamov); late Soviet fiction probing life in rural Siberia; and contemporary Russian fiction that revisits Russia's eastern mysticism. Exploring Russia's ties to the East from a variety of historical, artistic, and social perspectives, this course aims to explore Russian culture's Eurasian essence.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B214 Anna Karenina and the Tasks of Literature
Not offered 2018-19
This course takes Lev Tolstoy's Anna Karenina as its centerpiece and most sustained point of interest. We will begin with a few of Tolstoy's important early works (notably, his Childhood. Boyhood. Youth.), then read Anna Karenina slowly and in detail, identifying its chief formal and thematic characteristics and thinking about the novel's aesthetics in relation to the ethical questions it raises. These questions traverse a broad range of topics from marital infidelity and legally recognized forms of kinship to a critique of Russian imperial geopolitics and military interventions from a standpoint that prefigures Tolstoy's late-in-life radical pacifism. Next, we will read three novels (Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin) that, much as they predate Tolstoy's masterpiece, help us bring the central preoccupations of Anna Karenina into sharper focus. We will conclude the course with Tolstoy's late short works, a short story by Anton Chekhov, and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, which we will contemplate as a reply to and a potential re-writing of Anna Karenina, since the English modernist famously declared that she had "nearly every scene of Anna Karenina branded in [her.]" All readings in English.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B217 The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky
Fall 2018
This course will probe the cinematic oeuvre of the great Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, who produced some of the most compelling, significant film work of the 20th century. Looking at not only Tarkovsky's films but also those films that influenced his work, we will explore the aesthetics, philosophy, and ideological pressure underlying Tarkovsky's unique brand of cinema.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B218 The Coming-Of-Age Novel in 19th-century Europe
Fall 2018
We will study a selection of nineteenth-century French, English, and Russian novels that are concerned with the education, development, and maturing of a young protagonist. These are novels that imagine the often difficult compromise between individual aspirations and the drive towards social integration. We will think about why the Bildungsroman - or, coming-of-age novel - turned out to be one of the most productive and popular literary forms of nineteenth-century Europe. We will study works by such authors as Pushkin, Balzac, Stendhal, Charlotte Brontë, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Goncharov, Tolstoy, Flaubert and others. (Content will vary somewhat each time the course is offered.) We will think about the depiction of childhood and early adulthood; families; national and imperial polities and politics; the relationship between geographic, social, and economic mobility; domestic and professional selves and spaces; gender and sexuality.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B219 Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol - Russian Romantics?
Spring 2019
This course provides a dynamic introduction to some of the most influential works of Russian literature, texts that became ethical, ideological, and aesthetic touchstones for all later periods of Russian culture. We will study the works of Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol with attention to their thematic and formal preoccupations, their historical contexts and often fascinating histories of reception in the nineteenth century, in the Soviet period, and in contemporary culture. Topics of particular interest include Romanticism as a literary, cultural, and historical phenomenon in Russia and in Europe; Russia's experiment in Westernization; the status of the writer within shifting socio-political hierarchies; imperialism; the fluctuating meanings of social class; individual subjectivity as an object of artistic representation; the absurd. All readings, discussions, and assignments in English. No knowledge of Russian required.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B223 Russian and East European Folklore
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B227 Russia and its Ecology: Cultural and Historical Perspectives
Spring 2019
This course will explore the historical, social, and cultural significance of the environment in Russian literature and the visual arts. As the largest country on the planet and as a sprawling nation that covers almost a sixth of the world's land mass, Russia has both cherished and exploited its vast forests and ample natural resources. Exploring Russian culture from an ecological perspective, we will delve into the fiction, poetry, cinema, and photography that has raised environmental issues or, in the opposite vein, has promoted rapid industrial development and a swift taming of Russia's natural landscape for the sake of progress. To this day, Russian artists continue to grapple with the ecological state of the country and its fragile well-being.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B235 The Social Dynamics of Russian
Fall 2018
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. Prerequisite: RUSS B201, RUSS 102 also required if taken concurrently with RUSS 201.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)

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RUSS B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945
Not offered 2018-19
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Film Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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RUSS B254 Russian Culture and Civilization
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B258 Soviet and Eastern European Cinema of the 1960s
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies

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RUSS B271 Chekhov: His Short Stories and Plays in Translation
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation
Not offered 2018-19
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.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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RUSS B316 Russian and Soviet Short Story
Fall 2018
This new Russian language course will explore the nature and evolution of the Russian short story from the beginning of the 19th century through the beginning of the 21st century. We will begin with the stories of Pushkin and Gogol and continue with Garshin who proved instrumental in developing the genre to its modern form. Students will then read stories by Chekhov, Bunin, Nabokov, Babel, Shukshin, Tolstaya, Pelevin -- writers with distinguished voices who introduced a variety of groundbreaking themes, characters, and plots and whose art reveals the possibilities of the genre. All the readings and discussion will be in Russian.
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RUSS B342 Russian Culture Today
Not offered 2018-19
This seminar focuses on current cultural trends in Russia, with special emphasis on the interplay between various artistic media and post-Soviet Russia's rapidly developing society. Students will be introduced to contemporary Russian literature, painting, television, film, and music while considering such topics as Russia's ambiguous attitude toward the West, the rise of violence in Russian society, and Russia's evaluation of the past. Prerequisite: RUSS 102 or the equivalent.

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RUSS B365 Russian and Soviet Film Culture
Not offered 2018-19
This seminar explores the cultural and theoretical trends that have shaped Russian and Soviet cinema from the silent era to the present day. The focus will be on Russia's films and film theory, with discussion of the aesthetic, ideological, and historical issues underscoring Russia's cinematic culture. Taught in Russian. No previous study of cinema required, although RUSS 201 or the equivalent is required.

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RUSS B380 Seminar in Russian Studies
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Master and Margarita
Spring 2019
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 102 and one 200-level Russian literature course.

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RUSS B390 Russian for Pre-Professionals I
Fall 2018
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. Suggested Preparation: 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.

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RUSS B391 Russian for Pre-Professionals II
Spring 2019
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.

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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.

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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.

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RUSS B403 Supervised Work

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RUSS B403 Supervised Work

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RUSS B701 Supervised Work
Not offered 2018-19

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2018-19
By bringing together the study of major theoretical currents of the 20th century and the practice of analyzing literary works in the light of theory, this course aims at providing students with skills to use literary theory in their own scholarship. The selection of theoretical readings reflects the history of theory (psychoanalysis, structuralism, narratology), as well as the currents most relevant to the contemporary academic field: Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism. They are paired with a diverse range of short stories (Poe, Kafka, Camus, Borges, Calvino, Morrison, Djebar, Ngozi Adichie) that we discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English with an additional hour in French for students wishing to take it for French credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2018): Critical Theories
Fall 2018
What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.
Current topic description: What is a postcolonial subject, a queer gaze, a feminist manifesto? And how can we use (as readers of texts, art, and films) contemporary studies on animals and cyborgs, object oriented ontology, zombies, storyworlds, neuroaesthetics? In this course we will read some pivotal theoretical texts from different fields, with a focus on race&ethnicity and gender&sexuality. Each theory will be paired with a masterpiece from Italian culture (from Renaissance treatises and paintings to stories written under fascism and postwar movies). We will discuss how to apply theory to the practice of interpretation and of academic writing, and how theoretical ideas shaped what we are reading. Class conducted in English, with an additional hour in Italian for students seeking Italian credit.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Film Studies

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