Slavic Spring Courses

Spring 2022 Tentative Russian & Slavic Course Offering Descriptions 

RUSS 3. Elementary Russian.

Continuation of Russian 2. Comprehensive introduction to Russian. Focus on developing basic communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing) within the framework of contemporary Russian culture. Students acquire a basic grammatical framework for further language study. Audio, visual, and web-based materials included.

RUSS 6. Intermediate Russian.

Continuation of Russian 5. Focuses on developing fluency, expanding vocabulary, and acquiring basic reading and writing skills. Comprehensive review of basic Russian grammar; introduction to participles and verbal adverbs. Audio, video, and web-based materials are an integral part of the course.

RUSS 101C. Advanced Russian.

Larry McLellan

Continued development of oral and written fluency. Special attention to development of reading skills through a variety of texts related to Russian culture. Systematic review of advanced grammar. Compositions, translations, and oral presentations required. Periodic screenings of Russian films.

SLAV 117A: Pushkin

Sara Pankenier Weld

Intensive study of one author. Readings supplemented by select criticism. Readings and lectures in English. 

RUSS 121: Russian Short Story

Sven Spieker

Introduction to twentieth-century Russian poetry. The "silver age" and Russian modernism. Avantgarde poetry. Post-war trends in Russian poetry. Readings by Briusov, Blok, Akhmatova, Mandelshtam, Esenin, Mayakovsky, Pasternak, Brodsky, and others. Readings in Russian. 

SLAV 152B: Language & Cultural Ideology

Katia McClain 

Exploration of the way language is used to help construct cultural identity in Eastern Europe. Topics include the relationship between language and dialect and the use of language and other cultural symbols to identify self and other. Taught in English.

SLAV 181A/ C LIT181A: Special Topics in Russian: Holy Fools

Arpi Movsesian

In-depth examination of specialized topics with contemporary relevance or historical significance within the study of Russian, East European, or Eurasian literature, culture, and thought. Topics will vary by instructor. Topics may include: "Holy Fools," "Childhood in Russian Culture," "Russian and East European Literary Theory," and "Russian Literature and Translation." Taught in English