Spring 2011 Courses

Slavic Department Listings

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Bosnian/Croation/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 10300 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.

30300. Advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian III.

PQ: BCSN 20300 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.

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 Staff. 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. Staff. Spring.

20300. Second-Year Czech III.

PQ: CZEC 10300 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 Staff. 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. Staff. 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. Staff. Spring.

East European (EEUR)

Language

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.

General Slavic (SLAV)

Literature and Linguistics

22001/32001. From Proto-Indo-European to Old Church Slavonic. (=LGLN 22001, LGLN 32001)

Essentials of Slavic historical grammar with emphasis on the evolution of Proto-Slavic verbal and nominal morphology. Prerequisite: Some acquaintance with either Old Church Slavonic or Indo-European. Y. Gorbachov. Spring.

28502/38502. Comparative Metrics. (=CMLT 28401, CMLT 38401)

This class offers an overview of major European systems of versification, with particular attention to their historical development. We will be particularly concerned with Graeco-Roman quantitative metrics, its afterlife, and the evolution of Germanic and Slavic verse. In addition to analyzing the formal properties of verse, we will inquire into their relevance for the articulation of poetic genres and, more broadly, the history of literary (and sub-literary) systems. No prerequisites, but a working knowledge of one European language besides English is strongly recommended. B. Rodin. 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. Staff. 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. Staff. Spring.

20300. Second-Year Polish III.

PQ: POLI 10300 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. Staff. Spring.

Literature and Linguistics

25301/35301. Gombrowicz: The Writer as Philosopher.

The spell exercised by Witold Gombrowicz over his readers has to do, at least partly, with the brilliant linguistic enactment of philosophical discourse in his fiction. In this course, we analyze how the writing in his novel Ferdydurke moves away from traditional philosophical approaches to (inter)subjectivity, order, and chaos to articulate his own create dissolutions. Gombrowicz's A Guide to Philosophy in Six Hours and Fifteen Minutes will serve as the ironic and provoking introduction to the course and those uninitiated to philosophy. B. Shallcross. 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. Staff. 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. Staff. 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. V. Ivleva. 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. Staff. Spring.

20300. Second-Year Russian III.

PQ: RUSS 10300 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. Staff. Spring.

20600. Russian through Literary Readings: Second Year III.

PQ: RUSS 10600. 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. Staff. Spring.

21202. Fourth-Year Russian through Short Story IIII.

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. V. Ivleva. Spring.

Literature and Linguistics

22401. Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. (=FUND 27101)

Tolstoy’s most famous novel has been the subject of critical controversy ever since its first serialized publication in the 1870s. This course will be dedicated to a slow and close reading and careful interpretation of Tolstoy’s masterpiece. The course will also include several additional short works by Tolstoy on love. Readings, discussion, and the papers are in English. Russian majors will have an option of reading the text in the original and discussing it in a special Russian intensive section. L. Steiner. Spring.

25700/35700. Russian Literature from Modernism to Post-Modernism. (=HUMA 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. M. Sternstein. Spring.

28903/38903. Russian Experimental Poetry.

Text and class discussion will be held in Russian: knowledge of Russian required. The ground this course intends to cover stretches across the long story of Russian poetry from its past to its Futurism, and is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. It focuses on the poetic experiment, yet this does not imply that we will be looking necessarily at enigmatic and difficult poetry and texts. In a sense, every poem is an experiment, a unique balancing act between sounds and meaning, the line and the sentence, between the verbal, the graphic and the musical. Some of them become too classical with time to preserve their sense of novelty and freshness. We will read various poems from different ages to restore their initial experimental stance. We will not only read poems, we will also listen to them as one does to the music and look at them as one does at visual objects. We will use Russian for our readings and discussions in order to get a better sense both of poetry and of the language it was written in. D. Khitrova. Spring.

42201. Recovering Bakhtin. (=CMLT 42201)

Since the 1970s, Mikhail Bakhtin’s work has had an enthusiastic reception in the Western academe. In spite of – or, arguably, as a result of – its wide dissemination, it has also suffered much from reductionist readings. In this seminar, we will read Bakhtin’s major works, seeking to restore them to the intellectual context of the Russian school of historical poetics. In addition, we will discuss primary texts that provided the impetus for Bakhtin’s theories (Petronius, Plutarch, Dostoyevsky). All readings in English. B. Rodin. Spring.

South Slavic

27300/37300. The Burden of History: A Nation and Its Lost Paradise. (=CMLT 23401, CMLT 33401, NEHC 20573, NEHC 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. Some possible texts are Petar Njegoš’s Mountain Wreath; Ismail Kadare’s The Castle; and Anton Donchev’s Time of Parting. A. Ilieva. Spring.

27400/37400. Magic Realist and Fantastic Wriitngs from the Balkans. (=CMLT 22201, CMLT 32201)

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.

29700. Reading and Research Course.

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