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Slavic Languages Courses (SLAV) College of Arts and Sciences


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
SLAV 1003 Slavic Workshop Spring 1
Course Description

TBD


Instructor(s): Lawrence G. Jones

Prerequisites: None

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SLAV 1010 Writing Experience Spring 3
Course Description


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

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Comments: Core Renewal:Enduring Questions
For Freshmen Only

SLAV 1121 Elementary Russian I Fall 4
Course Description

A course for beginners that stresses thorough training in Russian grammar accompanied by reading exercises and elementary composition. Additional conversation and language-laboratory work required. The course continues in the second semester as SLAV1122 (SL 004).


Instructor(s): Elena Lapitsky

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SLAV 1122 Elementary Russian II Spring 4
Course Description

The second semester of a course for beginners that stresses thorough training in Russian grammar accompanied by reading exercises and elementary composition. Additional conversation and language-laboratory work required.


Instructor(s): Elena Lapitsky

Prerequisites: SLAV1121 (SL003) Elementary Russian I, or equivalent.

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SLAV 1123 Elementary Russian Practicum Fall/Spring 0
Course Description

Required additional exercises and conversational practice to supplement Elementary Russian I/II.


Instructor(s): Elena Lapitsky

Prerequisites: None

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SLAV 1162 Saint Petersburg: Literary-Artistic Myths and Realities Summer 4
Course Description

Readings in the “Petersburg text of Russian literature” (from Pushkin to Andrey Bely and on to Mandelshtam and Brodsky, by way of Dostoevsky and Gogol) and an intense encounter with the city and environs of St Petersburg. Twelve classroom contact hours per week plus extensive walks in the city. Visits to the Russian Museum, the Hermitage, the literary museums for Dostoevsky, Blok, and Akhmatova. Operas at the Mariinsky Theater. Weekly excursions to the palaces (Tsarskoe Selo, Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Gatchina). Also a weekly guest lecture.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: A summer course, held in St Petersburg.

SLAV 1163 Teatral'naja masterskaja Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

A theatrical practicum intended for students with some knowledge of Russian (even if only very little) who are looking for an opportunity to learn and use Russian in a practical and artistic surrounding. The practicum emulates a Russian theatrical master class, helps students broaden their perspectives on things Russian, brings them face to face with Russian personalities, and works toward the actual production of several small dramatic pieces from the classical and modern Russian repertories. The master class offers motivated students, regardless of talent or linguistic ability, a very unusual and fascinating opportunity.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Ekaterina Mironova and Emily Larson

Prerequisites: None

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SLAV 1164 Death in Russian Literature: Heroes, Cowards, Humans Fall 3
Course Description

Russian literature has always had an affinity for narratives depicting the meaning(s) of death. Reading from its first great modern writer (Pushkin) to its latest Nobel Prize winner (Svetlana Alexeivitch), our course will investigate three primary representations of death in Russian literature: heroization of death (sacrifice and death as the condition of a good life); banalization of death (death as meaninglessness); demonization of death (death as sin; death that must be overcome). Throughout we will attempt to understand how the ways in which we conceive of death inform the ways we choose to live.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Core Renewal Course: Enduring Questions

SLAV 1700 Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Language Workshop Spring 3
Course Description

An introductory study of the grammar and literature of Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS), the pluricentric and mutually intelligible official language of three ethnopolitical units of the former Yugoslavia. In addition to Linguists and Slavists, the course welcomes students with an interest in the sociopolitical climate of Eastern Europe and in the interaction of three major religious communities (Muslim, Catholic, Orthodox) under a single language complex.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SLAV 1881 Introduction to Bulgarian I Fall 3
Course Description

A course for beginners in standard modern Bulgarian intended to develop reading, writing, and speaking abilities as well as to introduce students to Bulgarian culture. The study of language structure is based on comparisons with English and Slavic languages. The course provides a basis for further work in translation and composition and continues in the second semester as SLAV1882 (SL036).


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: None

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SLAV 1882 Introduction to Bulgarian II Spring 3
Course Description

Continuation of course work in modern Bulgarian with extensive practice in conversation and composition. Completion of this course qualifies students for the Summer Language and Culture Program at Sofia University, Bulgaria.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: SL 035 or equivalent

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SLAV 2065 Society and National Identity in the Balkans Fall 3
Course Description

An overview of ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity among peoples of the Balkans (Albanians, Bosnians, Bulgarians, Croats, Greeks, Macedonians, Romanians, Serbs, Slovenes, Jews, Turks, and gypsies [Roma]). It is a study of what constitutes the various parameters of identity: linguistic typologies, religious diversity (Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Islam, and Judaism), culture, and social class. An analysis of the origins of nationalism, the emergence of nation-states, and contemporary nationalism as a source of instability and war in the Balkans will be considered.


Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: SOCY2280

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SLAV 2066 Conversion, Islam, and Politics in the Balkans Spring 3
Course Description

Through a study of fiction, works of scholarship, folklore, and movies, the course examines the conversion of Christians to Islam in Southeast Europe. It analyzes the most important cultural, social, and political implications of this change with the goal of identifying the various factors that promote cooperation or conflict among mixed Christian-Muslim communities.


Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ICSP2250

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SLAV 2067 Gender & War in Eastern Europe Spring 3
Course Description

A study of the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and ideology in the World Wars in Eastern Europe and the recent Yugoslav wars. In World War I, women confronted their duties to the nation against the backdrop of an ongoing struggle for equality. In World War II, women in communist Eastern Europe were liberated by their nations' ideology to fight, on all fronts, against tradition. More recently, in former Yugoslavia, women, particularly Bosnian Muslim women, flouted tradition in a different way--by organizing and fighting for peace.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST2284

Comments: Undergraduate major elective

SLAV 2069 Literature of the Other Europe Fall 3
Course Description

A survey of outstanding and influential works of and about the political and social upheavals of the twentieth century in Central and Southeastern Europe. A study of the often-shared themes of frontier and identity (political and religious), exile, and apocalypse in the works of selected leading writers, such as Witold Gombrowicz (Poland), Bruno Schulz (Poland), Bohumil Hrabal (Czech Republic), Milan Kundera (Czech), Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia), Mesa Selimovic (Bosnia), Muharem Bazdulj (Bosnia), and Emilian Stanev (Bulgaria).


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons and Maxim D Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2229

Comments: All readings in English translation

SLAV 2071 War and Peace in Yugoslavia Spring 3
Course Description

A study of the numerous differences and affinities--ethnic, religious, historical, and linguistic--that have characterized the former Yugoslavia as an area situated at the crossroads of East and West, of their representation in various sources and media (official documents, historical accounts, folklore, literature, and film), and of the influence of these varying and conflicting representations during the wars of succession and in the aftermath. Cynthia Simmons


Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

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SLAV 2121 Intermediate Russian I Fall 4
Course Description

A review of major difficulties in Russian grammar with extensive practice in reading, translation, paraphrase, and analysis of selected Russian texts. This course continues in second semester as SLAV2122 (SL052).


Instructor(s): Elena Lapitsky

Prerequisites: SLAV1122 (SL004) Elementary Russian II or equivalent

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SLAV 2122 Intermediate Russian II Spring 4
Course Description

The second semester of a review of major difficulties in Russian grammar with extensive practice in reading, translation, paraphrase, and analysis of selected Russian texts.


Instructor(s): Elena Lapitsky

Prerequisites: SLAV 2121 (SL051) Intermediate Russian I or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency requirement.

SLAV 2160 Russian and Soviet Cinema: History, Theory, Practice Spring 3
Course Description

An overview of the main trends, films, and directors of Russian and Soviet cinema from the early 1900s to the early 1990s, with particular attention to structure, ideology and historical context as well as connections between film and literary texts. Works by Eisenstein, Kalatozov, Muratova, Protazanov, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky, Vertov and others along with a consideration of Soviet contributions to film theory. All lectures, discussions, readings, and papers in English.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: FILM2160

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SLAV 2162 Classics of Russian Literature (in translation) Fall 3
Course Description

A survey of selected major works, authors, genres, and movements in nineteenth-century Russian literature, with emphasis on the classic works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov.


Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons and Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2227

Comments: All readings and lectures in English. Undergraduate major elective. Russian Major requirement

SLAV 2163 Post-Soviet Russian Literature Fall 3
Course Description

Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, dramatic cultural shifts have transformed Russian literature—writers no longer work under the “red pencil” of censorship, but like writers in the West, under the “censorship” of the marketplace. Crime fiction vies with more highbrow literature, and post-modern themes and devices prevail among a younger generation less influenced by a classical or Soviet heritage. Diversity (e.g., gender and ethnic identities), newly acquired tastes, and a predictable tension between Soviet and post-Soviet values characterize works by Boris Akunin, Valeriia Narbikova, Viktor Pelevin, Nina Sadur, Vladimir Sorokin, Olga Slavnikova, and Liudmila Ulitskaia.


Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons and Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2224

Comments:

SLAV 2164 Russian Cinema Spring 3
Course Description

An overview of the main trends, films, and directors of Russian and Soviet cinema with particular attention to structure, ideology, and intent as well as to connections between filmic and literary texts. The course examines works by leading directors along with a consideration of Russian contributions to film theory.


Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HONR4464

Comments:

SLAV 2167 Russian Folklore (In Translation) Fall 1
Course Description

A study of fairy tales and other forms of pre-Christian rituals and tales in the Russian tradition, with reference to contemporary analyses of folk beliefs.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

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Comments:

SLAV 2169 Slavic Civilizations Spring 3
Course Description

A survey of various parameters of Slavic cultural identity (religion, language, literature, and arts) from the time of Common Slavic history to the diaspora of the Slavs of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe today.
Through works of scholarship, literature, and film, the course studies the Slavic social and intellectual history.
A selection of readings (all in English) illustrates some of the most prominent Slavic contributions to the culture of the world.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Satisfies undergraduate major

SLAV 2173 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (in translation) Spring 3
Course Description

Study of major landmarks of Russian literature in light of Russia's turbulent history in the twentieth century. Works by Akhmatova, Babel, Belyi, Berberova, Bunin, Venedikt Erofeev, Gladkov, Olesha, Platonov, Solzhenitsyn, Trifonov, and others.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons and Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2228

Comments: Readings and lectures in English. Undergraduate major elective. Russian major requirement.

SLAV 2174 Utopia, Dystopia, Soviet and Surreal Fall 3
Course Description

This course looks at literary responses to the experience of Soviet life: from futuristic nightmare to irony and the grotesque; from resistance to reconciliation.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2297

Comments: Lectures and readings in English, with optional readings in Russian.

SLAV 2175 Women and Russian Literature (in translation) Fall 3
Course Description

A study of the representations of women in Russian literary works from the Kievan period to date, with a special emphasis on classical and post-modern literature. An exploration of the notions of the "strong woman" versus the "superfluous man", and of "terrible perfection", a discussion of the utility of these concepts in characterizing the literary representations.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL1153

Comments: All texts read in English translation

SLAV 2179 Tolstoy and Dostoevsky (in translation) Spring 3
Course Description

A comparative study of two giants of world literature and their opposing perceptions of reality, art, and civilization. A reading of their principal novels and short prose, with a focus on psychological, moral, and religious questions and in light of twentieth-century literary theory.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons and Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL3303

Comments: All readings in English translation.
Conducted entirely in English. For a Russian-language version of this course see SLAV3163 (SL308), when it is offered.

SLAV 2811 Continuing Bulgarian I Fall 3
Course Description

The course develops active language skills through intensive communication exercises and translation. It provides a review of major difficulties in Bulgarian grammar and broadens the work in translation by including a range of Bulgarian styles. The course continues in second semester as SLAV 2812 (SL046).


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: SLAV1882 (SL036) Introduction to Bulgarian II or equivalent.

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Comments:

SLAV 2812 Continuing Bulgarian II Spring 3
Course Description

Advanced discussion of the complexity of Bulgarian structure, along with intensive practice in translation and communication.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Mariela Dakova

Prerequisites: SLAV2811 (SL045) Continuing Bulgarian I or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency requirement.

SLAV 3051 Early Slavic Linguistics and Texts Fall 3
Course Description


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): M J Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: LING3208

Comments:

SLAV 3061 Turning Points in Jewish History Fall 3
Course Description

Jewish history stretches from creation to today. This course will focus on the major turning points which shape today's Jewish world, focusing on major intellectual and theological trends, figures, and events from the development of rabbinic Judaism to the twentieth century. Through this, students will come to have a basic understanding of the outlines of Jewish religious and intellectual history, of the nature of the Jewish experience as a minority culture in the Christian and Muslim worlds, and of the shapes of contemporary Judaism.


Instructor(s): Ruth Langer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: THEO5371

Comments:

SLAV 3098 Senior Honors Project Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

Supervised preparation of a senior paper for Honors Program students or for students working toward departmental honors.


Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer, Cynthia Simmons, M.J. Connolly and Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: May be repeated for credit.

SLAV 3121 Third-Year Russian I Fall 3
Course Description

The development of active skills in contemporary standard Russian to beyond a high-intermediate level of proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking, with an emphasis on vocabulary building, composition, and pereskaz.


Instructor(s): Natalia A. Reed

Prerequisites: SLAV2122 Intermediate Russian II or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Russian.
Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SLAV 3122 Third-Year Russian II Spring 3
Course Description

Continuing the development of active skills in contemporary standard Russian to beyond a high-intermediate level of proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, with an emphasis on vocabulary building, composition, and pereskaz.


Instructor(s): Natalia A. Reed

Prerequisites: SLAV 3121 (SL157) Third-year Russian I or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Russian. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SLAV 3151 The Structure of Modern Russian Fall 3
Course Description

A systematic review coverage of the phonology and grammar of Contemporary Standard Russian with attention to specific topics in the linguistic analysis of the language, especially phonological structure, accentuation, and morphological patterning. Open to upper-division students requiring a very intensive introduction to Russian, as well as to students in Linguistics or Slavic Studies looking to see what makes the language "tick."


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: Previous experience with an inflected language.

Cross listed with: LING3322

Comments:

SLAV 3162 Chekhov Fall 3
Course Description

A close examination of exemplary stories and of two plays by Anton Chekhov. Special attention to questions of structure and aesthetics, historical, religious and socio-political contexts, as well as to Chekhov's place at the crossroads of realism and modernism and Chekhov's influene on Anglo-American culture.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL4443

Comments: All readings in English. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

SLAV 3165 Post-Soviet Russian Literature Fall 3
Course Description

Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, dramatic cultural shifts have transformed Russian literature—writers no longer work under the "red pencil" of censorship, but like writers in the West, under the "censorship" of the marketplace. Crime fiction vies with more highbrow literature, and post-modern themes and devices prevail among a younger generation less influenced by a classical or Soviet heritage. Diversity (e.g., gender and ethnic identities), newly acquired tastes, and a predictable tension between Soviet and post-Soviet values characterize works by Boris Akunin, Valeriia Narbikova, Viktor Pelevin, Nina Sadur, Vladimir Sorokin, Olga Slavnikova, and Liudmila Ulitskaia.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SLAV 3176 Russian Literary Forms Spring 3
Course Description

This course will use the prism of literary form to explore some of the achievements of Russian literature. Poetry, drama, the novel, and the short story will be our examples. Pushkin, Lermontov, Mandelshtam, Brodsky, and Elena Shvarts in poetry; novels by Turgenev and Venedikt Yerofeev; short fiction from Gogol, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Kharms, Bunin, and Tolstaya; dramas by Chekhov, Bulgakov, and Petrushevskaia in theatre. The course will combine lectures outlining the history of literary forms in Russia and discussions of the assigned readings.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Thomas Epstein

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2223

Comments:

SLAV 3490 Advanced Tutorial: Polish Fall/Spring 1
Course Description

A course of directed study in the reading and analysis of Polish texts intended solely for students who have exhausted present course offerings or are doing thesis work on advanced topics. The precise subject matter is determined by arrangement and need.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Barbara Gawlick

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments:

SLAV 4061 The Art and Craft of Literary Translation: A Seminar Spring 3
Course Description

Literary translation as an art. Discussion of the history and theory of literary translation in the West and in Russia, but mainly practice in translating poetry or artistic prose from Germanic, Romance, Slavic, or Classical Languages, into English.
Conducted entirely in English as a workshop.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: Knowledge of a Classical, Germanic, Romance or Slavic language beyond the intermediate level

Cross listed with: RLRL8899 ENGL6675 LING4327

Comments: Permission of instructor required for undergraduates and for languages beyond those in the course description.

SLAV 4090 Advanced Tutorial: Slavic Linguistics Fall 1
Course Description

A course of directed study on questions in Slavic Linguistics, intended solely for students who have exhausted present course offerings or are doing thesis work on advanced topics.

The precise subject matter is determined by arrangement and need.


Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons and M.J. Connolly

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: May be repeated for credit

SLAV 4121 Advanced Russian I Fall 3
Course Description

Advanced-level work toward a thorough proficiency in all aspects of contemporary standard Russian, with an emphasis on original composition, syntax, and style, and through careful translation of advanced texts.


Instructor(s): Natalia A. Reed

Prerequisites: SLAV3122 (SL158) Third-Year Russian II or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Russian. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SLAV 4122 Advanced Russian II Spring 3
Course Description

Continuation of advanced-level work toward a thorough proficiency in all aspects of contemporary standard Russian, with an emphasis on original composition, syntax, and style, and through careful translation of advanced texts.


Instructor(s): Aleksey Berg

Prerequisites: SLAV4121 (SL208) Advanced Russian I or equivalent

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in Russian. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.

SLAV 4190 Advanced Tutorial: Russian Language Fall/Spring 3
Course Description

A course of directed study on Russian grammar and style, intended solely for students who have exhausted present course offerings or are doing thesis work on advanced topics.

The precise subject matter is determined by arrangement and need.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Simmons

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: May be repeated for credit.

SLAV 5163 Seminar: Nabokov Fall 3
Course Description

The bilingual and bicultural achievement of Vladimir Nabokov. A polemical examination of Nabokov's writings, with particular attention to connections among his aesthetics, ethics, and metaphysics and to issues of gender, sexuality, authorship, and exile.
Readings include selected Russian and English novels and short stories, as well as poetic, autobiographic, and discursive works.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Maxim D. Shrayer

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL7775

Comments: All readings are in English.
Instructor's permission required for undergraduates