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Russian 1000
(Elementary Russian Language I): For beginners. Introduction to the fundamentals of Russian grammar with particular attention paid to mastering the alphabet, pronunciation, simple intonation patterns, acquisition of a basic vocabulary, grammar and communication on the elementary level.

Russian 1001
(Elementary Russian Language II): Continuation of Russian 1000; prerequisite Russian 1000, or permission of the department, or one year of high school Russian.

Russian 2010
(Intermediate Russian Language I): Continuation of the study of basic grammar, reading and oral Russian completed in first year Russian courses; introduction to reading Russian texts; prerequisite Russian 1001, two years of high school Russian or permission of the department.

Russian 2011
(Intermediate Russian Language II): Continuation of Russian 2010; prerequisite Russian 2010 or permission of the department.

Russian 2510
(Russian Composition and Oral Ability I): Usually offered through the Russian Summer Program in St. Petersburg; the goal of this course is to improve the student’s vocabulary and conversational skills; alternative and experimental methodologies are applied to increase vocabulary.

Russian 2511
(Russian Composition and Oral Ability II): Usually offered through the Russian Summer Program in St. Petersburg; continuation of Russian 2510 with more advanced strategies for vacabulary acquisition, conversation and compositions.

Russian 2600
(XIX Century Russian Literature): A general survey of representative works to illustrate the evolution of the Russian literature and literary types in the nineteenth century including a study of the historical and cultural contexts in relation to masterpieces by Pushkin, Gogol’, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov. All Lectures are in English; this is an official Research Writing Course.

Russian 2601
(XX Century Russian Literature): A survey of the greatest novels of the XX century including works by Zamiatin, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn and Pelevin including a study of the cultural context of ideological polemics and critical conformism. All Lectures are in English; this is an official Research Writing Course.

Russian 2900
(History of Russian Culture I): A chronological study of the evolution of Russian culture and intellectual history from pre-Christian ancient Rus until approximately 1917. Texts and readings emphasize the recurring themes Russian national identity cultural archetypes defining continuity and change.  Lectures include a discussion of literature, art and music. No prerequisite; all lectures are in English and this is a Research Writing Course.

Russian 2901
(History of Russian Culture II): A study of the evolution of Russian culture in the XX century, the USSR and post-Soviet period. Lectures include discussions of the avant-garde, Socialist realism, the cultural Iron Curtain, the Thaw, dissidents and émigrés, the challenge and decline of perestroika.  Lectures include discussions of Russian art, music and film. No prerequisite and all lectures are in English and this is a Research Writing Course.

Russian 3000 Cross-listed with E3840
(The Literature of the Cold War I): An introduction to the literature of the Cold War Period from the superpower divide. This course provides an overview of the intellectual, ideological, political and social atmosphere that influenced the Soviet process of creation. A general survey of the literary evolution of the period and special attention is accorded to impoartant writers, themes and problems, such as dissidence, emigration, literature of conscience, the isolated protagonist, the political subtext, nationalism and xenophobia. Authors discussed include: Andrei Platonov, Boris Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vladimir Nabokov, Sergei Davlatov, Joseph Brodsky, Victor Pelevin and Boris Akunin.

Russian 3001 Cross-listed with E3841
(The Literature of the Cold War II): This course will introduce students to American Literature produced on or about the Cold War. Students will be expected to study the Cold War not only as an international issue, but as one that directly informed a domestic American culture between the 1950s-1980s. The range of novels will thus examine the Cold War in light of foreign relations, internal disturbances and controversies, and, more importantly, ascertain the ways in which the Cold War generated its own aesthetic imperatives.

Russian 3003
(History of Russian Film: Russia on Reels): A survey of Russia and Soviet cinematography against the contemporary cultural and historical context, the contributions of the greatest Russian directors of the XX and XXI centuries, the depiction of Russia and the USSR in western film. Taught entirely in English.

Russian 3004 Cross-listed with WS3004
(Images of Women in Russian Culture): This course examines the evolution of the feminine essence of Russian culture, the traditional models of Russian womanhood in society and in Russian literature, both as writers and fictional characters. Particular attention is focussed on the role of women in the vanguard of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 which conditioned their liberation and situation during the Soviet period. Contemporary issues concerning the situation of Russian women are included. All readings and lectures are in English.

Russian 3005 Cross-listed with G3005 and H3005
(Aspects of the German Intellectual Influence on Russia): This course examines the fluidity of ideas across geo-political borders, languages and cultures, by exploring how the German cultural discourse was received and reinterpreted by Russians in their literary, artistic and cultural dialogue.

Russian 3007
(Revolutions in Russian Culture): St. Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad - A study of the relationship between revolution, the evolution of culture and intellectual history in the city of St. Petersburg; usually offered through the Russian Summer Program in St. Petersburg.

Russian 3010
(Advanced Russian Language I): An advanced study of Russian grammar, and practice with spoken Russian.  May include reading a variety of texts and media from literature, newspapers, TV, film.

Russian 3011
(Advanced Russian Language II): A continuation of Russian 3010; strongly recommended for students interested in graduate studies in Russian.

Russian 3910
(Post Perestroika Russia, 1900-Present): This course traces the evolution of Russian literature during the Yeltsin decade, and the Putin/Medvedev period to the present.  Topical issues concerning the changes (artistic, political, cultural, economic) in contemporary Russia and the search and sense of rediscovery of national identity are discussed in the context of works by modern Russian writers.  Usually offered through the Russian Summer Program in St. Petersburg.

Russian 4001
(Research Essay Course): This can be chosen by students working on a major specialization in Russian who have shown superior ability and interest and who have completed an appropriate number of Russian courses to undertake individual research, concerning, for example, a significant author, literary works, a trend, theme or theory in modern Russian culture or literature. Occasionally this course is offered through the Russian Summer Program in St. Petersburg. By permission of the departmental coordinator.

Russian 4002

(Special Topics in Russian Studies):  This course provides an overview of the works of two Soviet directors, Eisenstein and Tarkovsky.  Their radically different approaches to filmmaking and eras in which they worked will be examined in the context of a variety of central works in film theory and philosophy.  Approaches comprise various intellectual trends, including Realism, Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Semiotics, and Structuralism.

Russian 4005
(Critical Theories on Life-Writing: Russian Memoir Literature): Russian memoir literature has its roots in medieval Russia (Saints’ Lives), although interest in the personalized human experience began to blossom in Russia in the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century many writers wanted to capture a time or period that was quickly fading with the disruption of social norms caused by the 1917 Revolutions. These events caused an outpouring of various types of Life-Writing and eventually led to a literary genre designation in Russian that is more highly developed than in many other national literatures. This course examines the critical theory of memoir literature and looks at it as a developing literary genre.

Russian 4100
(XIX Century Russian Literature / St. Petersburg Literature): An examination of major and minor writers from the XVIII to the XXI centuries whose works depict or are related to Tsarskoe Selo, St. Petersburg . A study of original texts.  Usually offered through the Russian Summer Program in St. Petersburg.

Russian 4101
(XIX Century Short Fiction): Short works (stories, memoirs and novellas) by major Russian male and female writers (many of which concern St. Petersburg) are studied. Their legacy for the XX and XXI centuries is discussed. Usually offered through the Russian Summer Program in St. Petersburg.

Russian 4200
(XIX - XX Century Russian Literature): A study of leading writers of the Silver Age and first half of the XX century.  Lectures include discussion about the crisis of realism, decadence, poetry as pure creation, and millennial crrisis, symbolism, a study of the main concepts and developments of the Soviet context as they effect literature in the first decades of the XX century.

Russian 4201
(XX /XXI Century Russian Literature): A continuation of 4200; A study and analysis of texts by modern Russian writers.  The main concepts and developments in Soviet and Russian literature in the second half of the XX century, the post-Stalinist liberation, the rediscovery of the Russian literary tradition, new directions in the XXI century.

Russian 4800
(Selected Topics): Selected topics in advanced Russian language: Focus on word formation, an appreciation of the stylistic diversity of Russian, translation and analysis of various texts, the language's stylistic diversity.  Readings include excerpts from literary workds, newspapers, films.

Russian 4801
(Selected Topics): A continuation of Russian 4800; stylistic nuances, translation and analysis of various texts; aspects of the history of the Russian language are also included.