Spring 2010 Courses

Slavic Department Listings

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Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCSN)

Language

10300/31200. Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian III. Knowledge of a Slavic language and background in linguistics not required. The major objective of the course is to build a solid foundation in the basic grammatical patterns of written and spoken Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, while simultaneously introducing both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. This course is complemented with cultural and historical media from the Balkans and is designed for students with a wide range of interests. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time. N. Petkovic. Spring.

20300/32200. Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian III. PQ: BCSN 20200 or consent of instructor. The first quarter is devoted to an overview of grammar, with emphasis on verbal morphology and syntax, through the reading of a series of literary texts in both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets. The second and third quarters are devoted to further developing active mastery of Bosian/Croatian/Serbian through continued readings, grammar drills, compositions, and conversational practice. Study of word formation, nominal and adjectival morphology, and syntax are emphasized. Screenings of movies and other audio-visual materials are held in addition to scheduled class time. N. Petkovic. Spring.

29700. Reading and Research Course.PQ: Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

30300. Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian III. PQ: BCSN 30200 or consent of instructor. This course is tailored to the needs of the students enrolled, depending on their concentration in the field. It enhances language acquisition with continuous reading and translation of essays, newspaper articles, literary excerpts, letters and other selected writings. Vocabulary building is emphasized by the systematic study of nominal and verbal roots, prefixes and suffixes, and word formation thereafter. Discussion follows each completed reading with a written composition assigned in relation to the topic. N. Petkovic. Spring.

Czech (CZEC)

Language

10300. Elementary Czech III. This course is an introduction to the basic grammar of Czech with attention given to all four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, as well as exposure to Czech culture. Winter and Spring Quarters include work with Czech film and literature. Students gain some familiarity with the major differences between literary and spoken Czech as they learn to use the language both as a means of communication and as a tool for reading and research. Spring.

20300. Second-Year Czech III. PQ: CZEC 20200 or consent of instructor. The main goal of this course is to enable students to read Czech proficiently in their particular fields. Conversation practice is included. The program is flexible and may be adjusted according to the needs of the students. Spring.

Literature and Linguistics

29700. Reading and Research Course. PQ: Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. BA Paper. PQ: Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures with consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

East European (EEUR)

Literature and Linguistics

21300/31300. Elementary Modern Armenian III. (=ARME 10103) This three-quarter sequence utilizes the most advanced computer technology and audio-visual aids to enable students to master a core vocabulary, the alphabet, and basic grammatical structures, as well as to achieve a reasonable level of proficiency in modern formal and spoken Armenian (one of the oldest Indo-European languages). Considerable amounts of historical/political and social/cultural issues about Armenia are built into this sequence to prepare students who intend to conduct research in Armenian studies or to pursue work in Armenia. H. Haroutunian. Spring.

24600/34600. Structure of Lak. (=EEUR 34600,LGLN 26500,LGLN 36500). V. Friedman. Spring, 2010.

29300/39300. “The Philosophy of Architecture.” (=ISHU 29302) Readings are culled from Central and East European and Russian theoretical writings on architecture and discussed in both an architecturally specific and broader interdisciplinary context (i.e., philosophies of technology, utopic space, psychogeographies) in this course. We read and look at primary texts and architectural executions (e.g., Karel Teige’s 1932 manifesto Minimum Dwelling). M. Sternstein. Spring.

General Slavic (SLAV)

Literature and Linguistics

24501/34501. Lyric Genres from Classical Antiquity to Postmodernism. (=CLAS 37109, CLCV 27109, CMLT 24501/34501) This course meets the critical/intellectual methods course requirement for students who are majoring in Comparative Literature. Moving beyond the modern perception of lyric as a direct expression of the poet’s subjectivity, this course confronts the remarkable longevity of poetic genres that have remained in use over centuries and millennia, such as the hymn, ode, pastoral, elegy, epistle, and epigram. What kept these classical genres alive for so long and, conversely, what made them serviceable to poets working in very different cultural milieus? In an effort to develop a theory and a history of Western lyric genres, we sample such poets as Sappho, Horace, Marvell, Hölderlin, Whitman, Mandel’shtam, Brodsky, and Milosz. Texts in English. Optional discussion sessions offered in the original (i.e., Greek, Latin, German, Russian). B. Maslov. Spring.

26700/36700. Left-Wing Art and Soviet Film Culture of the 1920s. (=ARTH 28100/38100, CMLT 22200/32200, CMST 24701/34701) This course considers Soviet “montage cinema” of the 1920s in the context of coeval aesthetic projects in other arts. How did Eisenstein’s theory and practice of “intellectual cinema” connect to Fernand Leger and Vladimir Tatlin? What did Meyerhold’s “biomechanics” mean for filmmakers? Among other figures and issues, we address Dziga Vertov and Constructivism, German Expressionism and Aleksandr Dovzhenko, and Formalist poetics and FEKS directors. Film screenings are three hours a week in addition to scheduled class time. Y. Tsivian. Spring.

29500/39500 The Aesthetics of Orthodox Christianity. The status of the image has been in contention from the very origins of Christianity to the present day. We begin by tracing concepts and practices of image-making and image-veneration from early Christianity through the Iconoclastic controversy and into modern Orthodox Christianity. A particular focus is recent attempts to elaborate an entire theoretical aesthetics in or for Orthodoxy, which call into question the relationship between contemporary media and modern notions of spirituality. R. Bird. Spring, 2010.

29700. Reading and Research Course. PQ: Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. BA Paper. PQ: Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures with consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

31500. Teaching in Slavic Languages and Literatures. This course is primarily intended to prepare graduate students to teach a broad range of courses in the department and in the profession. Regular sessions and guest lectures address issues related to teaching courses in Slavic languages, linguistics, literature, culture, and visual media. Topics include course design and structure, day-to-day teaching and administrative activities, and teaching methods and pedagogical approaches suited to the particular problems of teaching in Slavic Studies. Students gain experience in structuring class time, designing activities and assignments, leading discussions, grading and assessment, and the development of effective teaching styles and rapport with students. Course requirements include written assignments and short papers, in addition to mock teaching demonstrations, readings, and participation in class discussions. S. Clancy. Spring.

Polish (POLI)

Language

10300. Elementary Polish III. This course teaches students to speak, read, and write in Polish, as well as familiarizes them with Polish culture. It employs the most up-to-date techniques of language teaching (e.g., communicative and accelerated learning, and learning based on students’ native language skills), as well as multileveled target-language exposure. J. Kurowska-Mlynarczyk. Spring.

20300. Second-Year Polish III. PQ: POLI 20200 or equivalent. This course includes instruction in grammar, writing, and translation, as well as watching selected Polish movies. Selected readings are drawn from the course textbook, and students also read Polish short stories and press articles. In addition, the independent reading of students is emphasized and reinforced by class discussions. Work is adjusted to each student’s level of preparation. J. Kurowska-Mlynarczyk. Spring.

30300. Advanced Polish III. PQ: POLI 30200 or equivalent. Students in this course discuss selected readings (primarily short stories chosen by the instructor) in Polish during the week. The level of work is adjusted to each student’s level of preparation. All work in Polish. J. Kurowska-Mlynarczyk. Spring.

Literature and Linguistics

29700. Reading and Research Course. PQ: Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. BA Paper. PQ: Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Open only to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literature. This course must be taken for a quality grade. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

Russian (RUSS)

Language

10300. First-Year Russian III. This course introduces modern Russian to students who would like to speak Russian or to use the language for reading and research. All four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed. Students are also introduced to Russian culture through readings, videos, and class discussions. This yearlong course prepares students for the College Language Competency Exam, for continued study of Russian in second-year courses, and for study or travel abroad in Russian-speaking countries. Conversation practice is held twice a week. Spring.

10600. Russian through Pushkin III. Not open to students who have taken RUSS 10100-10200-10300. This literary and linguistic approach to Russian allows students to learn the language by engaging classic Russian poetic texts (e.g., Pushkin’s The Bronze Horseman), as well as excerpts from Eugene Onegin and selections from Pushkin’s shorter poems and prose works. Although the focus is on reading Russian, all four major communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) are stressed, preparing students for the College Language Competency Exam and for continued study of Russian in second-year courses. Conversation practice is held twice a week. Spring.

20300. Second-Year Russian III. PQ: RUSS 20200 or consent of instructor. This course continues RUSS 10100-10200-10300; it includes review and amplification of grammar, practice in reading, elementary composition, and speaking and comprehension. Systematic study of word formation and other strategies are taught to help free students from excessive dependence on the dictionary and develop confidence in reading rather than translating. Readings are selected to help provide historical and cultural background. Conversation practice is held twice a week. Spring.

20600. Russian through Literary Readings: Second Year III. PQ: RUSS 20500. This course is a continuation of Russian through Pushkin. Second-year grammar, as well as oral and reading skills, are strengthened through intensive reading of important poetic and prose texts from the Russian classics. Conversation practice is held twice a week. Spring.

20902. Third-Year Russian through Culture III. PQ: RUSS 20300 (two years of Russian) or equivalent. This course, which is intended for third-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian grammar in context and emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in a culturally authentic context. Excerpts from popular Soviet/Russian films and clips from Russian television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian; some aspects of grammar explained in English. Drill practice is held twice a week. V. Pichugin. Spring.

21202. Fourth-Year Russian through Short Story III. PQ: Three years of Russian or equivalent. This course treats some difficult issues of grammar, syntax, and stylistics through reading and discussing contemporary Russian short stories. This kind of reading exposes students to contemporary Russian culture, society, and language. Vocabulary building is also emphasized. Classes conducted in Russian. Conversation practice is held twice a week. Spring.

21502. Advanced Russian through Media III. PQ: RUSS 21402 or consent of instructor. This course, which is designed for fifth-year students of Russian, covers various aspects of Russian stylistics and discourse grammar in context. It emphasizes the four communicative skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening comprehension, speaking) in culturally authentic context. Clips from Russian/Soviet films and television news reports are shown and discussed in class. Classes conducted in Russian. Conversation practice is held twice a week. V. Pichugin. Spring.

Literature and Linguistics

24000/34000. Nabokov. This course examines selected novels of Vladimir Nabokov with particular concentration on the novels of the 1950s. The novels we examine range from those written originally in Russian, such as The Gift (Dar') and Invitation to a Beheading (Priglashenie na kazn'), to the later "American" novels (Lolita, Pale Fire, Pnin, and Look at the Harlequins!). We discuss these works in the context of the author's thematic concerns, modern narrative theory, and recent critical positions on Nabokov. We may also draw on Nabokov's literary criticism to contribute to and underpin our analysis. Knowledge of Russian not required. Texts in English and the original. M. Sternstein. Spring, 2010.

25700/35700. Russian Literature from Modernism to Post-Modernism. (=HUMA 22600, ISHU 22600) Given the importance of the written word in Russian culture, it is no surprise that writers were full-blooded participants in Russia’s tumultuous recent history, which has lurched from war to war, and from revolution to revolution. The change of political regimes has only been outpaced by the change of aesthetic regimes, from realism to symbolism, and then from socialist realism to post-modernism. We sample the major writers, texts, and literary doctrines, paying close attention to the way they responded and contributed to historical events. This course counts as the third part of the survey of Russian literature. Texts in English. Spring.

29300. Russian ballet in Cultural, Social and Political Contexts (1890-1930).(=TAPS 28416) Russian ballet saw its heyday between 1890 and 1930. Almost all of the world ballet classics originated in the Imperial Ballet Theater of 1890s. Starting from its first season in Paris (1909), Serge Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes" revised and transformed the strict canons of the court theater into a multi-media type of show, a modernist version of the Gesamtkunstwerk. Contrary to what we often hear, the new Russian ballet owed less to the development in dance techniques proper than it did to the contribution of some of the best artists from painting, music, cinema and poetry. In this course, we will deal with Russian ballet as such, in its various relations to other arts, and explore social, political and philosophical aspects of its production and reception. D. Khitrova, Spring.

29700. Reading and Research Course. PQ: Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. BA Paper. PQ: Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literature with consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Slavic Languages and Literatures (hcd) 565
Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

South Slavic (SOSL)

Literature and Linguistics

27300/37300. The Burden of History: A Nation and Its Lost Paradise. (=CMLT 23401/33401, ISHU 26606, NEHC 20573/30573) This course begins by defining the nation both historically and conceptually, with attention to Romantic nationalism and its flourishing in Southeastern Europe. We then look at the narrative of original wholeness, loss, and redemption through which Balkan countries retell their Ottoman past. With the help of Freud’s analysis of masochistic desire and Žižek’s theory of the subject as constituted by trauma, we contemplate the national fixation on the trauma of loss and the dynamic between victimhood and sublimity. The figure of the Janissary highlights the significance of the other in the definition of the self.
Other possible texts are Petar Njegoš’s Mountain Wreath; Ismail Kadare’s The Castle; and Anton Donchev’s Time of Parting. A. Ilieva. Spring,2010.

27400/37400. Magic Realist and Fantastic Writings from the Balkans. (=CMLT 22201/32201, ISHU 27405) In this course, we ask whether there is such a thing as a “Balkan” type of magic realism and think about the differences between the genres of magic realism and the fantastic, while reading some of the most interesting writing to have come out of the Balkans. We also look at the similarities of the works from different countries (e.g., lyricism of expression, eroticism, nostalgia) and argue for and against considering such similarities constitutive of an overall Balkan sensibility. A. Ilieva. Spring, 2010.

29700. Reading and Research Course. PQ: Consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. Autumn, Winter, Spring.

29900. BA Paper. PQ: Open to fourth-year students who are majoring in Slavic Languages and Literature with consent of instructor and Departmental Adviser. Students are required to submit the College Reading and Research Course Form. This course must be taken for a quality grade. Autumn, Winter, Spring