Russian

The courses below are offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature.

For questions about specific courses, contact the department:

Departmental Office: 708 Hamilton
212-854-3941
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RUSS G4034 Literature, Politics, and Tradition after Socialist Realism. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The major writers and trends in Russian literature from the death of Stalin to the present. Emphasis on the rethinking of the role of literature in society and on formal experimentation engendered by relaxation of political controls over literature. A knowledge of Russian is not required.

RUSS G4104 Behind the Nylon Curtain: Space Race, Architecture and Cinematography During the Cold War. 0 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar explores space race, architecture and cinematography of the Cold War in a bi-polarized world with special emphasis on cultural memories, curatorial practices, and object-based learning. Being extracted from literature and journalism, tested on the territory of mass media and popular culture, Cold War phenomenon operates with the illusional nature of canonic cultural codes, empowering visional metaphors with the military instrumental and vocabulary of forms. Operating with the concept of synthetic, anti-biological and quasi-transparent Nylon Curtain versus the solidity of the iron barrio might allow us to look at the Cold War phenomenon even more critically and to contextualize it within the broader fabric of contemporary arts and its transcultural agenda.

RUSS G6009 Gogol. 4 points.

A close study of the major works in the original.

RUSS G6041 Contemporary Russian Culture & Society. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: advanced (near fluent) level of Russian.

"Contemporary Russian Culture and Society" examines major topics in present-day Russian culture (literature (prose and poetry); language; philology and literary criticism; theater; cinema; architecture; childhood and education). This graduate seminar will be conducted in Russian; texts of various genres will be read and discussed; also included will be projects, film screenings, and guess lectures.

RUSS G6042 In Search of a Vanished Civilization: Soviet Culture , 1940s - 1970s. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course explores a particular period in Soviet cultural history - from the end of the Second World War to the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia - as a time of consolidation of a peculiar "Soviet Civilization." It was a period when the new social and cultural order has neither needed mass terror for its maintenance, nor shown clear signs of decay. The course's aim is to explore various aspects of this vanished civilization: from its fundamental philosophical ideas, literature, and art, to popular culture and categories of cultural consciousness.

RUSS G6043 Russian Poetry and Poetics in the 1920s. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course explores the cultural phenomena of the 1920s. Poetic texts by Osip Madelstam, Ann Akhamtova, Vladimir Maiakovsky, Boris Pasternak, and Nikolai Zabolotsky - will be examined alongside with the major writings of Russian Formalists (Yuri Tynianov, Boris Eichenbaum, Grigorii Gukovsky), as well as juxtaposed with contemporary art and architecture. This graduate seminar will be conducted in English.

RUSS G6131 Russian Twentieth-Century Novel. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course offers a historical survey of the Russian novel in the epoch of modernism, from the beginning of the twentieth century through the 1970s. The theoretical focus of the ocurse concerns the evolution of modernist aesthetic, and the way this process was reflected in the fundamental features of the genre and their transformation. While the course is focused on novels of Russian modernism, each work of Russian literature is considered alongside its Western counterpart or counterparts. It belongs to strategic aims of the course to show Russian twentieth-century literature as an integral part of mdernism at large and its historical development.

RUSS GU4350 Moving to Advanced-Plus: Language, Culture, Society in Russian Today. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Six semesters of college Russian and the instructor’s permission.

The course is designed to provide advanced and highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students of various majors with an opportunity to develop professional vocabulary and discourse devices that will help them to discuss their professional fields in Russian with fluency and accuracy. The course targets all four language competencies: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as cultural understanding. Conducted in Russian.

Fall 2017: RUSS GU4350
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 4350 001/26623 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Alla Smyslova 3 8/15

RUSS GU4910 Literary Translation. 4 points.

Prerequisites: four years of college Russian or the equivalent.

Workshop in literary translation from Russian into English focusing on the practical problems of the craft. Each student submits a translation of a literary text for group study and criticism. The aim is to produce translations of publishable quality.

Fall 2017: RUSS GU4910
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 4910 001/27735 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Ronald Meyer 4 7/12

RUSS N0101 First-Year Russian, I. 0 points.

The same course as Russian W1101x, on a noncredit basis

RUSS UN1101 First-year Russian I. 5 points.

Grammar, reading, composition, and conversation.

Fall 2017: RUSS UN1101
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 1101 001/17926 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
709 Hamilton Hall
Ben Hooyman 5 16/12
RUSS 1101 002/18272 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
709 Hamilton Hall
Nataliya Kun 5 11/12
RUSS 1101 003/24192 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:15pm
709 Hamilton Hall
William Hanlon 5 9/12
RUSS 1101 004/29872 M T W Th 6:10pm - 7:15pm
709 Hamilton Hall
Michael Gluck 5 8/12

RUSS UN1102 First-year Russian II. 5 points.

Grammar, reading, composition, and conversation.

Spring 2017: RUSS UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 1102 001/75241 M T W Th 8:50am - 9:55am
709 Hamilton Hall
Erica Drennan 5 11/12
RUSS 1102 002/63835 M T W Th 10:10am - 11:15am
709 Hamilton Hall
Nataliya Kun 5 9/12
RUSS 1102 004/28894 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:45pm
709 Hamilton Hall
Vera Senina 5 6/12
RUSS 1102 005/29945 M T W Th 6:10pm - 7:15pm
408 Hamilton Hall
Michael Gluck 5 3/12

RUSS UN3220 Literature and Empire: The Reign of the Novel in Russia (19th Century) [In English]. 3 points.

Explores the aesthetic and formal developments in Russian prose, especially the rise of the monumental 19th-century novel, as one manifestation of a complex array of national and cultural aspirations, humanistic and imperialist ones alike. Works by Pushkin, Lermonotov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov. Knowledge of Russian not required.

Fall 2017: RUSS UN3220
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 3220 001/65562 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Cathy Popkin 3 21/40

RUSS UN3333 Vvedenie v russkuiu literaturu: Poor Liza, Poor Olga, Poor Me. 3 points.

For non-native speakers of Russian.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: two years of college Russian or the instructor's permission.

The course is devoted to the reading, analysis, and discussion of a number of Russian prose fiction works from the eighteenth to twentieth century. Its purpose is to give students an opportunity to apply their language skills to literature. It will teach students to read Russian literary texts as well as to talk and write about them. Its goal is, thus, twofold: to improve the students’ linguistic skills and to introduce them to Russian literature and literary history. In 2007-2008: A close study in the original of the “fallen woman” plot in Russian literature from the late eighteenth century. Conducted in Russian.

Fall 2017: RUSS UN3333
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 3333 001/24208 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
411 Hamilton Hall
Irina Reyfman 3 9/18

RUSS UN3334 Introduction to Russian Literature, I and II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Grade of B– or better in RUSS V1202 or permission of the instructor. For non-native speakers of Russian.

A close study in the original of representative works of Russian literature from Pushkin to Solzhenitsyn.

RUSS UN3430 Russian for Heritage Speakers I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: RUSS V3430 or the instructor's permission.

This course is designed to help students who speak Russian at home, but have no or limited reading and writing skills to develop literary skills in Russian. THIS COURSE, TAKEN WITH RUSS V3431, MEET A TWO YEAR FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT. Conducted in Russian.

Fall 2017: RUSS UN3430
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 3430 001/28937 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Alla Smyslova 3 15/15

RUSS UN3431 Russian for Heritage Speakers II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: RUSS V3430 or the instructor's permission.

This course is designed to help students who speak Russian at home, but have no or limited reading and writing skills to develop literary skills in Russian. THIS COURSE, TAKEN WITH RUSS V3430, MEET A TWO YEAR FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT. Conducted in Russian.

Spring 2017: RUSS UN3431
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 3431 001/23478 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Alla Smyslova 3 11/15

RUSS UN3997 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

Fall 2017: RUSS UN3997
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 3997 001/82279  
Irina Reyfman 2-4 1
RUSS 3997 002/05333  
Bradley Gorski 2-4 1

RUSS UN3998 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

Spring 2017: RUSS UN3998
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
RUSS 3998 001/88451  
Liza Knapp 2-4 1
RUSS 3998 002/98246  
Tarik Amar 2-4 1
RUSS 3998 003/80534  
Cathy Popkin 2-4 2
RUSS 3998 004/99785  
Irina Reyfman 2-4 1
RUSS 3998 007/97750  
Mark Andryczyk 2-4 1
RUSS 3998 008/29706  
Edward Tyerman 2-4 2

RUSS V1103 First-year Russian Grammar I. 1 point.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Corequisites: RUSS V1101x-V1102y.

Must be taken concurrently with RUSS V1101x-V1102y.

RUSS V1104 First-year Russian Grammar II. 1 point.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Corequisites: RUSS V1101x-V1102y.

Must be taken concurrently with RUSS V1101x-V1102y.

RUSS V1201 Second-year Russian I. 5 points.

Prerequisites: RUSS V1102 or the equivalent.

Drill practice in small groups. Reading, composition, and grammar review. This course number has been changed to RUSS 2101

RUSS V1202 Second-year Russian II. 5 points.

Prerequisites: RUSS V1102 or the equivalent.

Drill practice in small groups. Reading, composition, and grammar review. This course number has been changed to RUSS 2102

RUSS V1336 Two Hundred Years of Russian Poetry. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian or permission of the instructor.

Study fascinating selections of lyric poetry from a span of two centuries and explore a number of approaches to it: re-creation of the reader's response at the time of writing, psychological interpretations, poets' responses to each other, and still others. Spans the smooth surface of Russian poetry to the volcanic activity at its heart. Readings of poetry in Russian, other readings and class discussions in English.

RUSS V3320 Masterpieces of 20th-Century Russian Literature. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: native or near-native knowledge of Russian and the instructor's permission.

Close study, in the original, of representative works by Bely, Sologub, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Olesha, Mandel'stam, Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn, Terts, and Brodsky.

RUSS V3332 Vvedenie v russkuiu literaturu: Scary Stories. 3 points.

For non-native speakers of Russian.

Prerequisites: two years of college Russian or the instructor's permission.

The course is devoted to the reading, analysis, and discussion of a number of Russian prose fiction works from the eighteenth to twentieth century. Its purpose is to give students an opportunity to apply their language skills to literature. It will teach students to read Russian literary texts as well as to talk and write about them. Its goal is, thus, twofold: to improve the students' linguistic skills and to introduce them to Russian literature and literary history. A close study in the original of the "scary stories" in Russian literature from the late eighteenth century. Conducted in Russian.

RUSS V3339 Masterpieces of Russian Literature: 19th Century. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Native or near-native knowledge of Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of representative works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Goncharov, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Leskov, and Chekhov.

RUSS V3340 Masterpieces of Russian Literature: 20th Century. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Prerequisites: Native or near-native knowledge of Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of representative works by Bunin, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovsky, Babel, Pasternak, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Solzhenitsyn, Brodsky, and Pelevin.

RUSS V3421 Russian Phonetics and Intonation. 1 point.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Instructor's permission. Enrollment limited.
Review of principles of phonetics and intonation. Intensive drill for the development of correct speech habits. Attention to expressive reading and poetry recitation. Conducted entirely in Russian

RUSS V3461 Pushkin. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of the major works. Class discussion conducted in English.

RUSS V3462 Gogol. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of the major works. Class discussion conducted in English.

RUSS V3464 Dostoevsky. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of the major works. Class discussion conducted in English.

RUSS V3465 Russian Poetry of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of selected texts from five representative lyric poets, Tiutchev, Fet, Blok, Tsvetaeva, and Brodsky. Attention given to metrics, formal analysis of style and structure, and the literary and philosophical contexts. [Class discussion in English.]

RUSS V3466 Chekhov. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of the major works. Class discussion conducted in English.

RUSS V3467 Twentieth-Century Prose Writers. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of the representative Soviet writers, including Babel, Olesha, Zamyatin, and Andrei Bitov. Class discussion conducted in English.

RUSS V3468 Russian Plays. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.

A close study, in the original, of several representative Russian plays, with emphasis on problems of translation, literary technique, and dramatic presentation. Class discussion conducted in English.

RUSS V3470 Re-Reading Nabokov. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Examines with Nabokovian scrutiny—and with special emphasis on bilingualism, translation, and untranslatability—some of the writer’s major works in their Russian and English versions, including his double take on Lolita.

RUSS V3997 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Prerequisites: Open to senior majors, and permission of the instructor.

Supervised research culminating in a critical paper.

RUSS W3010 Russian Grammar Review. 1 point.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in either V3339 or V3340. Optional grammar review for native speakers of Russian.

An optional supplement to RUSS V3339 (Masterpieces of 19th-Century Russian Literature) or   RUSS V3340 (Masterpieces of 20th-Century Russian Literature). Intensive work in Russian grammar in order to perfect writing skills.

RUSS W3443 Fourth-Year Russian, I and II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: three years of college Russian and instructor's permission. Either term may be taken separately.

W4333: Systematic study of problems in Russian syntax; written exercises, translations into Russian, and compositions. W4334: Discussion of different styles and levels of language, including word usage and idiomatic expression; written exercises, analysis of texts, and compositions. Conducted entirely in Russian.

RUSS W3444 Fourth-Year Russian, I and II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: three years of college Russian and instructor's permission. Either term may be taken separately.

W4333: Systematic study of problems in Russian syntax; written exercises, translations into Russian, and compositions. W4334: Discussion of different styles and levels of language, including word usage and idiomatic expression; written exercises, analysis of texts, and compositions. Conducted entirely in Russian.

RUSS W4001 Conversations about Russian Cinema.. 2 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Two years of college Russian or permission of the instructor. The course is conducted entirely in Russian.

The course will focus on conversational, stylistic and cultural aspects of the language. Script writing, promotional trailers, film reviews.

RUSS W4006 Russian Religious Thought, Praxis, and Literature. 3 points.

This course examines the interaction of religious thought, praxis, and literature in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As the Russian Empire sought to define it place in the world, many Russian writers and thinkers turned to religious experience as a source of meaning. A varied body of work emerged as they responded to the tradition of Russian Orthodoxy. The goals of this course are to acquaint students with key texts of Russian religious thought and to give students the knowledge and tools required for critical inquiry into the religious dimension of Russian literature and culture.

RUSS W4010 Russian Women in Literature and Culture. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Historical Studies (HIS).
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Exploration of the changing image of woman in Russia from the beginnings of Russian history to the present as reflected in literary texts, historical documents, art, and film. Special attention to the Soviet and post-Soviet periods and to the question of the relevance of Western Feminist theory to Russia.

RUSS W4014 Introduction to Russian Poetry and Poetics. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

An introduction to Russian poetry, through the study of selected texts of major poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, primarily: Pushkin, Lermontov, Pavlova, Tiutchev, Blok, Mandel'shtam, Akhmatova, Mayakovsky, Prigov and Brodsky. Classes devoted to the output of a single poet will be interspersed with classes that draw together the poems of different poets in order to show the reflexivity of the Russian poetic canon. These classes will be organized according either to types of poems or to shared themes. The course will teach the basics of verisification, poetic languages (sounds, tropes), and poetic forms. Classes in English; poetry read in Russian.

RUSS W4015 Russian Drama: Pushkin to Chekhov. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Students who wish to receive credit towards a departmental major or concentration are required to read in the original Russian.

Readings of selected 19th-century texts. Some attention to theatrical background. Parallel reading lists in translation and in the original.

RUSS W4016 Twentieth-Century Drama and Theatre. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

RUSS W4020 Formalism—Structuralism—Poetics—Semiotics of Culture: East-European Literary Theory, 1910–1990. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

RUSS W4033 The Making of Socialist Realism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

RUSS W4034 Literature, Politics, and Tradition After Socialist Realism. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: A knowledge of Russian is not required.

Major writers and trends in Russian Literature from the death of Stalin to the present. Emphasis on the rethinking of the role of literature in society and on formal experimentation engendered by relaxation of political controls over literature.

RUSS W4108 The Great Experiment: Russian Media in the Long 20th Century. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course will examine key events of Russian cultural history from the 1870s until today from the point of view of the concept of medium. it will begin with some theoretical definitions and proceed with a closer look at optical, audio and print media and their role in promoting mass culture, avant-garde experiments of the 1920s and 1930s, Soviet propaganda and dissident practices, and post-Soviet uses artistic and political uses of new media. Works by Mayakovsky, II'f and Petrov, Erenburg, Shklovsky. Critical readings by Marshall McLuhan, Lev Manovich, Katherine Hayles, and Boris Groys.

RUSS W4155 History of Russian & Soviet Film. 3 points.

The aesthetic innovations and theoretical explorations of Russian and Soviet film culture constitute one of the richest traditions in world cinema. At the same time, Russian and Soviet cinema provides a unique lens through which to view the tumultuous changes that took place throughout Russia during the twentieth century. We will study a wide variety of Russian films from the pre-revolutionary era; the exciting, world-renowned decade of radical cinematic experimentation in the twenties; the periods of Socialist Realism, WWII, the Thaw, Stagnation, and Perestroika; and, finally, we will look at how these various aesthetic and ideological approaches to filmmaking inform the cinema and media practices of the post-Soviet era. Directors include: Lev Kuleshov, Sergei Eisenstein, Abram Room, Dziga Vertov, Vasiliev Brothers, Grigory Alexandrov, Mikhail Kalatozov, Leonid Gaidai, Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergei Parajanov, Mikita Mikhalkov, Aleksei German, Andrei Zviagintsev, and others. We will also consider the vital contributions of Russian and Soviet film theorists to the global discourse of film studies, reading the theoretical works of Eisenstein, Vertov, Kuleshov, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky and others within their historical and cultural contexts. The course will also address innovations and advances in film style that originated in the film culture of non-Russian territories and republics.

RUSS W4250 Soviet Avant gard Architecture & Film 1917 - 1933. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

"Soviet Avant-garde Architecture and Film" is a cross-disciplinary class, focused on progressive artistic discourse with the emphasis on politically and ideologically charged media of cinematography and architecture in 1917 - 1933. During these years, USSR became the black box and the laboratory for the most redical experiments in visual cultures. The essential goal of this experimental academic activity is to re-think the legacy of the Soviet Avant-Garde as a powerful domain and to contextualize it within the borader fabric of contemporary cultures.

RUSS W4331 Chteniia po russkoi literaturu: Turgenev. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course is devoted to reading shorter prose works by Ivan Turgenev. The reading list includes stories from his collection Sketches of a Hunter as well as such masterpieces as The Diary of a Superfluous Man, First Love, and Asia. Classes are conducted entirely in Russian.

RUSS W4332 Chteniia po russkoi literaturu: Gogol. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The course is devoted to reading shorter works by Nikolai Gogol, The syllabus includes selections from his collection Sketches of a Hunter as well as such masterpieces as the Diary of a Superfluous Man, First Love, and Asia. Classes are conducted entirely in Russian.

RUSS W4333 Fourth-year Russian I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and the instructor's permission.

Systematic study of problems in Russian syntax; written exercises, translations into Russian, and compositions. Conducted entirely in Russian.

RUSS W4334 Fourth-year Russian II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: three years of college Russian and the instructor's permission.

Discussion of different styles and levels of language, including word usage and idiomatic expression; written exercises, analysis of texts, and compositions. Conducted entirely in Russian.

RUSS W4338 Chteniia po russkoi literature: Voina i mir. 3 points.

The course is devoted to reading and discussing of Tolstoy's masterpiece. Classes are conducted entirely in Russian.

RUSS W4348 Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Advanced Russian Through the Media. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: three years of college Russian or the equivalent.

This course is designed to meet the needs of advanced students of Russian across several fields - the humanities, social sciences, law, arts, and others - who want to further develop their speech, comprehension, reading, and writing and be introduced to the contemporary Russian media. This addition to our series of courses in Advanced Russian through cultural content provides training for research and professional work in Russian.

RUSS W4349 Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Advanced Russian Through Song. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: three years of college Russian or the equivalent.

This is a content-based language course that is designed to develop students' ability to understand fluent Russian speech and express their opinions on various social and cultural topics in both oral and written form.

RUSS W4351 Moving to Advanced-Plus: Language, Culture, Society in Russian Today. 3 points.

Prerequisites: eight semesters of college Russian and the instructor’s permission.

The course is designed to provide advanced and highly-motivated undergraduate and graduate students of various majors with an opportunity to develop professional vocabulary and discourse devices that will help them to discuss their professional fields in Russian with fluency and accuracy. The course targets all four language competencies: speaking, listening, reading and writing, as well as cultural understanding. Conducted in Russian.

RUSS W4354 Chteniia po Russkoi Literature: A Hero of Our Time and Other Superfluous People. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course focuses on the study and analysis of Mikhail Lermontov's, "A Her of Our Time" - one of the most influential Russian novels of the 19th century - in its broader social, artistic, and intellectual context. Students will trace the development of the so-called "superfluous man," a strikingly ubiquitous character type whose recurrent appearance throughout the broader history of Russian literature makes him one of the most recognizable national characters.

RUSS W4432 Contrastive Phonetics and Grammar of Russian and English. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: RUSS W4334 or the equivalent and the instructor's permission.

Comparative phonetic, intonational, and morphological structures of Russian and English, with special attention to typical problems for American speakers of Russian.

RUSS W4433 Specific Problems in Mastering Russian. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: four years of college Russian and the instructor’s permission.

The Russian verb (basic stem system, aspect, locomotion); prefixes; temporal, spatial, and causal relationships; word order; word formation.

RUSS W4434 Practical Stylistics [in Russian]. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: RUSS W4334 or the equivalent or the instructor's permission.

Focuses on theoretical matters of style and the stylistic conventions of Russian expository prose, for advanced students of Russian who wish to improve their writing skills.

RUSS W4451 The Cultural Cold War. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will examine major developments in Soviet society after WWII through the prism of the Cold War. Organized thematically and chronologically, it will focus selectively on specific episodes of Soviet-American relations by drawing on a variety of media. Students will read, discuss and evaluate a broad range of primary and secondary sources and think critically about historical writing, the relationship bewtween art and politics, mass culture and propaganda, spy novels, memoirs and travelogues. Films by Sergi Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, and John Frankenheimer. Prose and poetry by Andrei Voznesensky, Viktor Pelevin, Svetlana Alexievich, Vasily Aksyonov, Viktor Nekrasov and others.

RUSS W4452 Russian Modernism Through the Lens of Music. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A historical survey of trends of Russian musical modernism in the context of Russian cultural history of the first half of the twentieth century. Works by Chaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Mosolov, Shostakovich and Schnittke will be considered alongside notable events of contemporary literature, visual art, and aethetic theory. Knowledge of Russian not required.

RUSS W4676 Russian Art between East and West: The Search for National Identity. 3 points.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Aims to be more than a basic survey that starts with icons and ends with the early modernists. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it aims to highlight how the various cultural transmissions interacted to produce, by the 1910s, an original national art that made an innovative contribution to world art. It discusses the development of art not only in terms of formal, aesthetic analysis, but also in the matrix of changing society, patronage system, economic life and quest for national identity. Several guest speakers will discuss the East-West problematic in their related fields-for example, in literature and ballet. Some familiarity with Russian history and literature will be helpful, but not essential. Assigned readings in English.

RUSS W4910 Literary Translation. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Four years of college Russian or the equivalent.

Workshop in literary translation from Russsian into English focusing on the practical problems of the craft. Each student submits a translation of a literary text for group study and criticism. The aim of the class is to produce translation of publishable quality.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.