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Russian Practicum

Director:
Dr. Alla A. Smyslova
708 Hamilton
212-854-8155
as2157@columbia.edu

Language courses provide an opportunity to students who may wish to accelerate their study of Russian, Russian literature, and Russian culture and cinema.

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Summer 2016

Slavic Languages

Russian Language

  • RUSS S1101F. Beginning Russian, I. 4 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 31 to Jul 01

    Designed to develop all four skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Taken with RUSS S1102R, equivalent to full-year elementary course.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00

  • RUSS S1102R. Beginning Russian, II. 4 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jul 05 to Jul 29

    Prerequisites: one semester of college-level Russian, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

    Continuation of RUSS S1101H.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00

  • RUSS S1201H. Intermediate Russian, I. 4 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jun 06 to Jul 01

    Prerequisites: two semesters of college-level Russian, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

    Builds upon skills acquired at introductory level. Emphasis on speaking, reading, writing, and grammar review. Taken with RUSS S1202R, equivalent to full-year intermediate course.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00

  • RUSS S1202R. Intermediate Russian, II. 4 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jul 05 to Jul 29

    Prerequisites: three semesters of college-level Russian, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

    Continuation of RUSS S1201H.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00

  • RUSS S4333H. Advanced Russian, I. 4 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jun 06 to Jul 01

    Prerequisites: at least four semesters of college-level Russian, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

    Curriculum evolves according to needs and interests of the students. Emphasis on conversation and composition, reading and discussion of selected texts and videotapes; oral reports required. Conducted entirely in Russian.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00

  • RUSS S4335R. Advanced Russian, II. 4 pts.
    Runs from the week of Jul 05 to Jul 29

    Prerequisites: five semesters of college-level Russian, or the equivalent, and the instructor's permission.

    Continuation of RUSS S4333H.Language Resource Center Fee: $15.00

    Russian Literature and Culture (in English)

  • CLRS S3306D. On Chekhov's Stage: The Plays in Context. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 23 to Jul 01

    This course introduces students to the innovative and influential plays of Anton Chekhov. At the turn of the century, Chekhov's plays challenged established tropes of what constituted the "theatrical," rejected explicit requirements for "comedy" and "tragedy," and questioned received knowledge about what makes a subject or person worthy of our attention, thereby transforming our notions not only of theater but also of the human experience. What was the new "stage" that Chekhov's plays created and what was his role in theater's development toward realism and modernism?In this course, we read eight Chekhov plays, focusing principally on his four masterpieces The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. Our reading is supplemented by sources that place Chekhov into his cultural context, concentrating particularly on his fraught relationship with those who first produced his plays-the Moscow Art Theater and the director Constantin Stanislavski.Through close reading and contextualization, students will attain an intimacy with Chekhov'splays and a broader understanding of how Chekhov's innovations in realist theater have influenced contemporary drama. This course features three field trips to theaters and communities that regularly work with Chekhov's plays, including the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, a direct inheritor of Stanislavski's "method" technique, which was highly influenced by Chekhov's plays.This course will satisfy the Slavic Department's requirement for a course in Russian literatureor culture, and as a CLRS course, requirements in Comparative Literature as well.

  • CLRS S3307D. Picturing the Self: Visual Representation in Autobiography. 3 pts.
    Runs from the week of May 23 to Jul 01

    How do we represent the self? This comparative course explores different visual modes for representing the self in autobiographical writing. We will look at how authors visually represent themselves in autobiographies that include photographs, graphic memoirs, and autobiographical films to investigate questions about self-creation, referentiality, and the tension between fact and fiction inherent in any autobiographical project. Throughout the course we will focus on the relationship between word and image,the trope of the photograph album and the attempt to understand the self in relation to the family, and the use of images to imagine or invent the past. Themes of memory, imagination, fantasy, nostalgia, trauma, and loss will demand our attention, and we will chart how these concerns transform across the different media. We will explore these themes across a range of materials, including: texts by Vladimir Mayakovsky, Vladimir Nabokov, Roland Barthes, Gary Shteyngart, Alison Bechdel, Nina Bunjevac, and Art Spiegelman; films by Andrei Tarkovsky, Federico Fellini, Dominique Cabrera, and Jean-Luc Godard; and theoretical texts by Philippe Lejeune, Paul de Man,André Bazin,and Susan Sontag. No prerequisites required. All readings will be in English

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