Courses for Spring 2019

  • Intensive Russian

    Intensively-paced introduction to Russian culture and language; completes one year of study in one semester (RUSS 0110 = RUSS 0100-0200). Comprehension and use of contemporary Russian; fundamentals of Russian grammar; vocabulary acquisition; focus on oral communication. Introduces aspects of everyday culture of Russia and the former U.S.S.R. Ten to fifteen hours weekly work outside the classroom. Enrollment limited to 18.
    RUSS 0110 S01
    Primary Instructor
    deBenedette
  • Introductory Russian

    Introduction to Russian language and culture. Oral and written communication in Russian; emphasis on the culture of Russia and the former U.S.S.R., including the changes that have reshaped everyday life for citizens of Russia. Five meetings per week, plus use of audio, video, and Web materials. Prerequisite: RUSS 0100 or RUSS 0250. Enrollment limited to 18.
  • Intermediate Russian

    Continues development of language proficiency while broadening understanding of Russian culture via readings in literature and history. Includes expansion of vocabulary for dealing with conversational topics and review of Russian grammar. Features literary and nonliterary readings in Russian, as well as video and computer resources. Five class meetings per week. Prerequisite: RUSS 0300 or placement by exam. Enrollment limited to 18.
  • Advanced Russian

    Examines selected topics in Russian culture and history as depicted in readings, the media, and Russian and Soviet films. Language work emphasizes increasing facility with spoken Russian and developing writing skills. Includes work on advanced grammar and syntax. Four class meetings per week. Prerequisites: RUSS 0500 or placement. Enrollment limited to 18.
    RUSS 0600 S01
    Primary Instructor
    deBenedette
  • Special Topics in Russian Studies II: Advanced Reading and Conversation

    A continuation of Russian 1110. Examines aspects of Russian culture as manifested in Russian literature. Readings range from fairy tales to contemporary works. Extensive classroom discussion and frequent writing assignments. Prerequisite: RUSS 1110, 1700, or written permission. May be repeated once with permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 18.
  • Russian Fantasy and Science Fiction

    Survey of Russian literature, from fairy tales, utopias, and dream sequences to science fiction, which depict altered states of reality. Readings in English, supplemented with films in March and April. Seminar with emphasis on discussion. Russian concentrators and graduate students expected to cover most of the readings in Russian. Familiarity with Russian literary history is not required.
    RUSS 1200 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Levitsky
  • Nationalism and Nationalities

    This seminar course explores the meaning and significance of nationalism and national identity in modern culture and society, starting with the emergence of nation-states, up to the recent rise of nationalist and identitarian movements throughout the globe. We will study the main theories of nationalism, as well as some of the art and literary movements that this ideology inspired. By developing an open discussion about different incarnations of nationalism as an ideology and a social practice, we will retrace a cultural history of this concept, and shed light on its crucial role and impact on contemporary political processes.
    RUSS 1220 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fenghi
  • Russian Cinema

    This seminar will provide a chronological overview of Russian cinema from its beginning to the present. The films will be considered against the background of some historical, political, and theoretical readings. The students will also be encouraged to juxtapose Russian and non-Russian films in order to evaluate the place of Russian cinema within a global film culture. Enrollment limited to 20.
    RUSS 1250 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Golstein
  • Soviet Culture: Propaganda, Dissidence, Underground

    After the October Revolution of 1917, Soviet society became gradually split into official culture, dissidence, and the underground. Authors who did not conform to the limitations imposed by Soviet institutions often circulated their works illegally or published them abroad. Some of them were forced to emigrate. This course explores the complex intersections of propaganda, dissidence, and underground in Soviet literature, art, and film.
    RUSS 1330 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fenghi
  • Decadent Identities

    The course focuses on Decadent literature and culture and their responses to the loss of a unified human identity and their challenge to fundamental presuppositions about sexuality, social norms, and ethics around 1900. In our analyses of works of Russian and European literature and art, we will explore various meanings of the idea of "the decadent", and look at how these works put into play a range of theories of degeneration, evolutionism, the limits of the human, medical diagnostics, mystical ideologies, or criminal anthropology in their search for new models of identity and the world.
    RUSS 1720 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Oklot
  • Russian Intellectual History

    The course examines Russian nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophical, political, and social thought through the analysis of its representative texts. The course focuses on the questions of political philosophy, social ethics, religion, metaphysics and politics of love and gender, wisdom and power, existence and life, religious and aesthetic values, and Russia’s relation to the West, the nation and nationalism, and social Revolution — all of which are central to Russian intellectual history and current political, social, cultural and philosophical debates. The authors included: Chaadaev, Gogol, Belinsky, Herzen, Chernyshevsky, Pisarev, Bakunin, Dostoevsky, Solovyov, Leontev, Fedorov, Rozanov, Shestov, Berdyaev, Plekhanov, Lenin. In English.
    RUSS 1857 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Oklot
  • Independent Study

    Independent research project on topics related to Russian culture. Enrollment permitted only after the written proposal (instructions in the department office) is submitted to the Concentration Advisor and Chair of the department (deadline: the last day of Add a course without fee period during the semester when the project is undertaken). Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Each section limited to 10 students; instructor permission required.
    RUSS 1960 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Fenghi
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S02
    Primary Instructor
    deBenedette
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Fidler
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Golstein
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S06
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Levitsky
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S08
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S09
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 1960 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Oklot
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Today's Russian Poetry: Globalization, Resistance, and Innovation

    Today's Russian poetry is important both from the aesthetical and social viewpoints. When the pressure of the state bureaucracy on culture and society is increasing, poetry becomes one of the very few spaces of cultural and anthropological innovation. Its major concern is how to learn to speak anew and to reimagine human relationships in the society conquered by populism and xenophobia. This course will explore main aesthetic, political, and social aspects of today’s Russian poetry in a wide comparative context, including theoretical texts on contemporary poetry and theory of poetry. No prior knowledge of Russian literature is required.
  • In Memoriam in Russian Literature

    A study of the philosophical vein in Russian poetry about the meaning of the poetic and cultural heritage of the past, as well as reactions of the rising voices in Russian poetry in succeeding generations to the individual deaths of their immediate predecessors.
    RUSS 2710C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Levitsky
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    RUSS 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep
  • Advanced Reading and Research

    Only for graduate students. Independent research project on topics related to Russian culture. Enrollment permitted only after the written proposal (instructions in the department office) is submitted to the DGS and Chair of the department (deadline: the last day of Add a course without fee period during the semester when the project is undertaken). Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Each section limited to 10 students; instructor permission required.
    RUSS 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Golstein
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 2980 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 2980 S03
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 2980 S04
    Primary Instructor
    Levitsky
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    RUSS 2980 S05
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    RUSS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Grad Enrollment Fee/Dist Prep