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Courses in Russian

01:860:101   ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN I (4)
Spoken and written contemporary standard Russian, intended for students with no prior experience in the language. Development of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing, as well as the basics of Russian grammar. Introduction to Russian life, culture, history, geography, and traditions.

01:860:102   ELEMENTARY RUSSIAN II (4)
Spoken and written contemporary standard Russian, intended for students with no prior experience in the language. Development of proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing, as well as the basics of Russian grammar. Introduction to Russian life, culture, history, geography, and traditions.
Prerequisite: 01:860:101 or placement.

01:860:103   FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE LAB (1)
Instructor-guided laboratory practicum based on intensive use of media and designed for improvement of aural/oral skills.
Corequisite: 01:860:101 or 107.

01:860:104   FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE LAB (1)
Continued study of specific areas of Russian phonetics: vowels, consonants, consonant clusters, basic intonation patterns. Further development of aural and oral skills.
Corequisite: 01:860:102, 107, or 108.

01:860:105   INTENSIVE FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIAN (6)
Intensive introduction to fundamentals of the Russian language. Focus on grammar, phonetics, and conversation. Taught in Russian in St. Petersburg by Russian instructors.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:101.

01:860:106   INTENSIVE FIRST-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIA (8)
Intensive introdution to fundamentals of the Russian language. Focus on grammar, phonetics, and conversation. Taught in Russian by Russian instructors.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:101 and 102.

01:860:107   RUSSIAN FOR RUSSIAN SPEAKERS (4)
Study of specific areas of grammar, orthography, usage, writing, and grammatical analysis.
Prerequisite: Placement or permission of the department. Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:101.

01:860:108   RUSSIAN FOR RUSSIAN SPEAKERS (4)
Continued study of specific areas of Russian grammar. Development of reading, writing, oral skills, and vocabulary building through conversation, composition, newspapers, magazines, and film.
Prerequisite: 01:860:107 or permission of department. Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:102.

01:860:120   RUSSIAN FOR READING KNOWLEDGE (3)
Grammar and readings of texts from various fields.
Does not satisfy prerequisite for 01:860:201.

01:860:201   INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN I (4)
Spoken and written contemporary standard Russian. Develops proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Review and expansion of Russian grammar and vocabulary. Deepening of understanding of Russian life, culture, history, geography, and traditions.
Prerequisite: 01:860:102 or placement.

01:860:202   INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN II (4)
Spoken and written contemporary standard Russian. Develops proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Review and expansion of Russian grammar and vocabulary. Deepening of understanding of Russian life, culture, history, geography, and traditions.
Prerequisite: 01:860:201 or placement.

01:860:203   SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE LAB (1)
Instructor-guided laboratory practicum based on intensive use of media and designed for improvement of aural/oral skills. Practice involved use of text-related and other audio and video material, individual and group work, and recording of student speech for evaluation of pronunciation and fluency.
Corequisites: 01:860:201 or 207.

01:860:204   SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN LANGUAGE LAB (1)
Instructor-guided laboratory practicum based on intensive use of media and designed for improvement of aural/oral skills. Practice involved use of text-related and other audio and video material, individual and group work, and recording of student speech for evaluation of pronunciation and fluency.
Corequisites: 01:860:202 or 208.

01:860:205   INTENSIVE SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIA (6)
Intensive intermediate-level study of the Russian language. Focus on grammar, phonetics, conversation. Reading of short fiction. Taught in Russian in St. Petersburg by Russian instructors.
Prerequisite: 01:860:102, 105, 108, or placement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:201 or 207.

01:860:206   INTENSIVE SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIA (8)
Intensive intermediate-level study of the Russian language. Focus on grammar, phonetics, conversation. Reading of short fiction. Taught in Russian by Russian instructors.
Prerequisite: 01:860:102, 105, 106, 108, or placement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:86:201, 205, 207.

01:860:207   SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN FOR RUSSIAN SPEAKERS (4)
Continued study of specific areas of Russian grammar and orthography. Further development of reading, writing, oral skills, and vocabulary building of literary Russian through exposure to a wide variety of texts, media, and film.
Prerequisite: 01:860:107 or placement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:201.

01:860:208   SECOND-YEAR RUSSIAN FOR RUSSIAN SPEAKERS (4)
Further study of specific areas of Russian grammar, orthography, and punctuation. Further development of reading, writing, oral skills, and vocabulary building of literary Russian through exposure to a wide variety of texts, media, and film. Focus on composition, translation, and oral presentation skills.
Prerequisite: 01:860:207 or placement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:202.

01:860:301   ADVANCED RUSSIAN I (3)
Spoken and written contemporary standard Russian. Strengthens grammatical control and develops proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Development of ability to summarize, develop narration, and use complex grammatical structures and syntactic constructions. Covers many elements of modern Russian life.
Prerequisite: 01:860:202, 208, or placement.

01:860:302   ADVANCED RUSSIAN II (3)
Spoken and written contemporary standard Russian. Strengthens grammatical control and develops proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing. Development of ability to summarize, develop narration, and use complex grammatical structures and syntactic constructions. Covers many elements of modern Russian life.
Prerequisite: 01:860:301 or placement.

01:860:305   INTENSIVE THIRD-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIA (6)
Intensive high intermediate-level study of the Russian language. Focus on grammar, conversation, phonetics, reading, and the language of media. Reading of newspapers and unabridged short stories/texts. Taught in Russian in St. Petersburg by Russian instructors.
Prerequisite: 01:860:202, 205, or placement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:301.

01:860:306   INTENSIVE THIRD-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIA (8)
Intensive high intermediate-level study of the Russian language. Focus on grammar, conversation, phonetics, reading, and the language of media. Reading of newspapers and unabridged short stories/texts. Taught in Russian in St. Petersburg by Russian instructors.
Prerequisite: 01:860:202, 205, 206, 207, or placement. Credit not given for both this course and 01:860:301 or 305.

01:860:351,352   STRUCTURE OF THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE (3,3)
Advanced course with emphasis on morphology, difficult points of grammar. Theory and extensive drill work.
Prerequisite: 01:860:202, 205, or permission of instructor.

01:860:355   RUSSIAN PHONETICS (3)
Analysis of the Russian phonetic system, intonation, and transcription; emphasis on reading of texts and dialogues.
Prerequisite: 01:860:202, 205, or permission of instructor.

01:860:401   AMERICA THROUGH RUSSIAN EYES (3)
Taught primarily in Russian. Fosters advanced language skills of conversational fluency, listening comprehension, writing and composition, expanded vocabulary, recognition of stylistic registers, and advanced syntax. Skills are practiced while exploring the topic of Russian attitudes to America in the course of the last century.
Prerequisite: 01:860:302, 306, or placement.

01:860:402   RUSSIAN MEDIA AND FILM (3)
Taught primarily in Russian. Fosters advanced language skills of conversational fluency, listening comprehension, writing and composition, expanded vocabulary, recognition of stylistic registers, and advanced syntax. Skills are practices while exploring the topic of Russian attitudes to America in the course of the last century.
Prerequisite: 01:860:302, 306, 401, or placement.

01:860:405   INTENSIVE FOURTH-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIA (6)
Intensive advanced-level study of the Russian language. Focus on advanced points of grammar, stylistics, conversation. Reading of newspapers, contemporary Russian literature, and seminars on area studies. Taught in Russian in St. Petersburg by Russian instructors.
Prerequisite: 01:860:302, 305, or placement.

01:860:406   INTENSIVE FOURTH-YEAR RUSSIAN IN RUSSIA (8)
Intensive advanced-level study of the Russian language. Focus on advanced points of grammar, stylistics, conversation. Readin gof newspapers, contemporary Russian literature, and seminars on area studies. Taught in Russian in St. Petersburg by Russian instructors.
Prerequisite: 01:860:302, 305, 306, or placement.

01:860:452   SEMINAR IN SLAVIC LINGUISTICS (3)
Devoted to specific problems in the area of Slavic linguistics. Variable content, e.g., history of the Russian language, readings in Old Russian, advanced problems of morphology.
Prerequisite: 01:860:451 or permission of instructor.

01:860:491,492   RUSSIAN PRACTICUM (3,3)
Drill methods, techniques of facilitating classroom interaction, error analysis, grammar review, and weekly drill sessions conducted in beginning Russian sections under faculty supervision.
Prerequisite: 01:860:302 and/or permission of instructor. Corequisites: 01:860:401,402, if applicable.

Courses in Russian Literature (may be taught in English)

01:860:259   CON-MEN, GAMBLERS, AND RADICALS: THE RUSSIAN 19TH CENTURY (3)
A survey of 19th-century Russian literature in its historical context.
All readings and discussions in English. Satisfies Core Curriculum goal AH p.

01:860:260   RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND REVOLUTION (3)
Russian literature in the 20th century: poetry, prose, short story, other narrative forms.
All readings and discussion in English. Satisfies Core Curriculum goal AH p.

01:860:315   READING RUSSIAN LITERATURE IN RUSSIAN (3)
Introduction to critical issues involved in reading texts in Russian. Stylistic register, how grammar is used to create meaning, historical dimensions of style, and lexicon.
All readings in Russian. Required of all majors. Prerequisite: 01:860:202 or 207 or permission of instructor.

01:860:319   SPECIAL TOPICS IN RUSSIAN STUDIES (3)
Variable content. Intensive study of a particular topic related to Russia and Russian culture. Specific topics available at time of registration.

01:860:320   SPECIAL TOPICS IN RUSSIAN STUDIES (3)
Variable content. Intensive study of a particular topic related to Russia and Russian culture. Specific topics available at time of registration.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:082:358. May be conducted in English.

01:860:322   LOVE AND DEATH IN THE RUSSIAN SHORT STORY (3)
Russian short fiction from the 19th to the 21st century. Includes readings in genre theory and the study of critical concepts useful for analyzing fiction.
All readings and discussion in English. Satisfies Core Curriculum goals AH o, p, WC d.

01:860:325   ST. PETERSBURG: THE CITY AS MONUMENT (3)
Variable content. Intensive study of a particular topic related to St. Petersburg. Specific topics available at time of registration.
Corequisites: Language courses during the summer program in St. Petersburg, Russia. All readings and discussion in English. Offered only as part of summer program in St. Petersburg.

01:860:329   THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GOGOL (3)
Study of fiction and comedies by Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852), including The Government Inspector and Dead Souls. Focus on Gogol's idiosyncratic narrative techniques.
All readings and discussion in English.

01:860:330   DOSTOEVSKY (3)
Major works in historical, intellectual, and aesthetic contexts. Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Notes from the Underground, and short works.
All readings and discussion in English. Satisfies Core Curriculum goals AH o, p. Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:311.

01:860:331   TOLSTOY (3)
Study of Tolstoy's major novel Anna Karenina and his short fiction, drama, and excerpts from autobiographical writings.
All readings and discussion in English. Satisfies Core Curriculum goals AH o, p, WC d.

01:860:332   RUSSIAN POETRY (3)
Reading, analysis, and discussion of 19th- and 20th-century poetry.
Prerequisite: 01:860:202 or 207 or 208; or permission of instructor. All readings in Russian.

01:860:334   RUSSIA: BETWEEN EMPIRE AND NATION (3)
Explores Russia's imperial culture, history, and politics from the 19th century to the present as a window onto such 21st century challenges as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine that is reconfiguring global international relations. Central focus on cultural representations of empire in literature, painting, and film. Additional readins in history, political science, anthropology, and postcolonial theory.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:195:334. Satisfies Core Curriculum goals 21C b.

01:860:335   LANDSCAPES OF THE MIND: COUNTRY AND CITY IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND ART (3)
Moscow and St. Petersburg; the Russian countryside versus the exotic sublime; the idyll versus the reality of peasant life; the city and modernism; utopia and antiurban impulse.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:082:356.

01:860:336   ART AND LITERATURE OF THE SOVIET PERIOD AND THE VARIETIES OF NONCONFORMISM (3)
Official literature and art; literary and art institutions. Official and unofficial art; alternative venues.
Credit not given for both this course and 01:082:356.

01:860:337   RUSSIAN AND SOVIET FILM (3)
Survey of 20th- and 21st-century Russian cinema.
No knowledge of Russian required.

01:860:338,339   ZIMMERLI MUSEUM INTERNSHIP IN RUSSIAN ART (3,3)
Research work related to Dodge and Riabov collections; assisting in development, coordination of special exhibitions, translation, and compiling artists' files.
Prerequisite: Permission of program director. Credit not given for both these courses and 01:082:359,360. Knowledge of Russian necessary.

01:860:340   NABOKOV (3)
Study of the literary and autobiographical works by the Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) in their historical, political, and cultural contexts.

01:860:347   RUSSIAN THEATER (3)
Reading, analysis, and discussion of major Russian playwrights.

01:860:348  AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL CREATIONS IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE (3)
Examination of the ways Russian writers imagine and represent the self in autobiographical works of literature. Topics include relationships between personal experience and history; narrative techniques; genre distinctions; catastrophic experiences (Gulag, war).
All readings and discussion in English.

01:860:349   THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND FILM: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES (3)
Interpretation of the Russian experience and memory of World War II through a study of films, short stories, novels, poetry, music, diaries, documentary, and journalistic accounts.
All readings and discussion in English.

01:860:433   PUSHKIN AND HIS AGE (3)
Historical examination of Russian literary scene during the period 1740 to 1841, in Russian.
Prerequisites: 01:860:301 and at least one 300-level course in Russian literature or permission of instructor. All readings in Russian.

01:860:435   GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE (3)
A study of gender and sexuality in Russian literature and culture in the framework of gender theory. Topics include: erotic utopias; gender, desire, and dystopia; sexuality and morality; same-sex love and cultural taboos; cross-dressing; gender stereotypes and their defiance.
Readings and discussions in English.

01:860:485   RUSSIA'S RIVAL CAPITALS: MOSCOW AND PETERSBURG (3)
Cultural heritage of Russia's rival capitals, with attention to the interactions between city and text. Topics include evolving cultural myths of St. Petersburg and Moscow; the city as a  place for negotiating national identity and history; representations across different genres and media; the city and the imaginary (urban phantasmagoria, dreams, terrors).

01:860:486   SEMINAR IN RUSSIAN LITERATURE (3)
Intensive reading and research in one specific aspect of Russian letters. Critical and analytical paper required.
Prerequisites: 01:860:301 and at least one 300-level course in Russian literature or permission of instructor.

01:860:487   SENIOR THESIS (3)
Extended research paper written in close consultation with an instructor.
Prerequisite: 01:860:486.

01:860:488   BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (3)
Intensive reading of Dostoevsky's last novel in the context of other classic writings on science, religion, and faith: Freud, Nietzsche, the Bible, Kierkegaard, and others.
All readings and discussion in English.

01:860:489   TOLSTOY'S WAR AND PEACE (3)
Detailed study of Leo Tolstoy's monumental novel War and Peace (1869) in its historical, cultural, and critical context.
All readings and discussion in English. Credit not given for this course and 01:195:489. Satisfies Core Curriculum goal WC d.

01:860:493,494   INDEPENDENT STUDY: RUSSIAN (3,3)
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

01:860:496-497   HONORS IN RUSSIAN (3,3)
Preparation for research paper and oral examination under direction of a faculty adviser.
Prerequisite: Permission of honors committee. Both semesters must be completed to receive credit.

Continued study of specific areas of Russian grammar and orthography. Further development of reading, writing, oral skills, and vocabulary building of literary Russian through exposure to a wide variety of texts, media, and film.

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