Slavic

http://slavic.barnard.edu/

226 Milbank Hall
212-854-5417
212-854-8266 (fax)
Department Administrative Assistant: Mary Missirian

Mission

The primary mission of the Slavic Department at Barnard is to prepare students linguistically, culturally, and academically to participate in the global community, specifically by engaging with the Slavic-speaking world.  To this end, the Department, in cooperation with its Columbia counterpart, offers instruction in five Slavic languages and literatures, with particular emphasis on Russian. The department insists upon a strong foundation in language study, because this best prepares students for future involvement with the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia, as well as for graduate study in the literature, anthropology, sociology, history, economics, or politics of the region, and for careers in government, business, journalism, or international law.

The department offers major tracks in Russian Language and Literature, Slavic and East European Literature and Culture, Russian Regional Studies, and Slavic and East European Regional Studies.  A minor program in Russian Literature and Culture is also available.  These programs are supported by an extensive array of courses designed to help the student obtain reasonable fluency in the spoken and written language and a reading ability adequate for interpreting texts of some difficulty in a variety of disciplines. While offering a range of courses designed to give the student a strong general background in Russian and Slavic literature, film, culture, and intellectual history, the department encourages students to supplement their knowledge by taking courses devoted to Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe offered in other disciplines as well. The department co-sponsors and facilitates student participation in region-related extra-curricular activities held at the Harriman Institute and the Columbia Slavic Department and also fosters student engagement with the rich cultural resources available in New York City.

Student Learning Outcomes

In recognition of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the Slavic Department expects the following outcomes for students in each of its major tracks:

  • Communication.  Students should be able to communicate orally and in writing in the language of study, and understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Cultures.  Students should demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives, products, and practices of the culture studied.
  • Connections.  Students should be able to acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints available to them through the foreign language and its cultures.
  • Comparisons.  Students should develop comparative insights into the nature of language and culture as a result of studying a language and culture other than their own.
  • Communities.  Students should be prepared to participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

In addition, the Department expects the following outcomes of all majors:

  • Students should demonstrate broad knowledge of at least one major aspect (e.g. literature, politics, or history) of the culture studied
  • Students should acquire and convey, in an appropriate academic form, deep knowledge of a particular topic or question relating to the culture studied

Entering students should see Professor Frank Miller (708 Hamilton, 854-3941) for a placement examination: a sufficiently high grade will automatically fulfill the language requirement; other students will be placed accordingly. Native speakers of Russian or any Slavic language should consult with the department chair. The Department is a member of "Dobro Slovo" (The National Slavic Honor Society) and is pleased to induct its qualifying students into the society.

Chair: Helene Foley (Professor of Classics)
Term Assistant Professor: Edward J. Tyerman

Other officers of the University offering courses in Slavic:

Professors: Valentina Izmirlieva (CHAIR), Liza Knapp (Director, Undergraduate Studies), Cathy Popkin (Director, Graduate Studies), Irina Reyfman, Alan Timberlake
Associate Professor:
Assistant Professors: Adam E. Leeds, Jessica Merrill, Alla Smyslova (Russian Language Program Director)
Lecturers: Aleksandar Boskovic, Christopher Harwood, Nataliya Kun, Yuri Shevchuk,

Requirements for the Major

There are four majors available to students in the department. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a member of the faculty as early as possible in order to determine the major track and selection of courses that will best serve her background and interests.

Russian Language and Literature

Select four years of Russian: *
RUSS UN1101
 - RUSS UN1102
First-year Russian I
and First-year Russian II
10
RUSS UN1201
 - RUSS UN1202
Second-year Russian I
and Second-Year Russian, I II
10
RUSS UN3101
 - RUSS UN3102
Third-year Russian I
and Third-Year Russian II
8
RUSS UN33323
RUSS W4333Fourth-year Russian I4
RUSS GU4334Fourth-year Russian II4
Select six courses in Russian Literatures to include: **
RUSS UN3220Literature and Empire: The Reign of the Novel in Russia (19th Century) [In English]3
RUSS UN3221Literature Revolution [In English]3
At least two courses with required reading in Russian
RUSS UN3595Senior Seminar3
*

Native speakers of Russian who place out of these courses must substitute at least two courses, of which one must be RUSS UN3430 Russian for Heritage Speakers I

**

Other Russian literature courses may be substituted upon consultation with adviser. With permission of adviser one course on Russia offered in a department other than Slavic may be substituted.

Slavic and East European Literature and Culture

Completion of third-year course (or the equivalent in Czech, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, or Ukrainian language
Select six courses in literature, theatre, or film of the region, potentially including independent study courses
Select two courses in related fields (history, art history, music, etc.) to include at least one course in the history of the region
Select two semesters of senior seminar or the equivalent leading to the completion of a senior thesis

Note: A student in this major must design her program in close consultation with her adviser in order to insure intellectual, disciplinary, and regional coherence.

Russian Regional Studies

Select four years of Russian:
RUSS UN1101
 - RUSS UN1102
First-year Russian I
and First-year Russian II
10
RUSS UN1201
 - RUSS UN1202
Second-year Russian I
and Second-Year Russian, I II
10
Select two courses in Russian or Soviet Literature (in translation or in Russian)
RUSS UN3101Third-year Russian I4
RUSS UN3102Third-Year Russian II4
RUSS W4333Fourth-year Russian I4
RUSS GU4334Fourth-year Russian II4
Select two courses in Russian History
Select one course on Russia or the Soviet Union in any discipline (history, art history, geography, sociology, economics, literature, political science, etc.)
Select one course in Soviet/post-Soviet politics
Two semesters of a senior research seminar or the equivalent in independent study with research to be conducted predominantly in Russian language sources

Note: In consultation with her adviser, a student may elect to take one or more courses devoted to a region other than Russia that is located on the territory of the former Soviet Union.

Slavic and East European Regional Studies Major-Czech, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Ukrainian

Select three years of language study
Select two courses Literature in relevant region
Select two courses of history in relevant region
Select one course on relevant region in any discipline (history, art history, geography, sociology, economics, literature, political science, etc.)
One course on politics in relevant region
Two semester of a senior research seminar or the equivalent in independent study with research to be conducted predominantly in relevant region's language sources

Requirements for the Minor

Minor in Russian

The Minor in Russian allows students to study the language and culture of Russia at a smaller scale than a Major. A total of five courses (minimum 15 credits) beyond the second year of Russian are required. These courses should relate to the language and culture of Russia. Courses should be selected in consultation with a Slavic Department faculty member.

Minor in Czech, Polish, Serbo-Croatian or Ukrainian

A Minor in a Slavic language other than Russian allow students to pursue in-depth studies of this language and the region on a smaller scale than the one required for a Major. The Barnard Minor in Czech, Polish, Serbo-Croatian or Ukrainian consists of five courses (minimum 15 credits) beyond the second year of language study. It requires that three (3) of these courses be related to the country of the language (Poland, Czech Republic, etc) while the other two (2) should be related to the region and its cultural history more broadly.

Russian Language

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 UN1201 Second-year Russian I. 5 points.

Prerequisites: RUSS UN1102 or results of the Department placement test.

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 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 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 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 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.

 Russian Literature and Culture (in English)

RUSS V3223 Magical Mystery Tour: The Legacy of Old Rus'. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Winston Churchill famously defined Russia as "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." This course aims at demystifying Russia by focusing on the core of its "otherness" in the eyes of the West: its religious culture. We will explore an array of texts, practices and pragmatic sites of Russian religious life across such traditional divides as medieval and modern, popular and elite, orthodox and heretical. Icons, liturgical rituals, illuminated manuscripts, magic amulets, religious sects, feasting and fasting, traveling practices from pilgrimages to tourism, politcial myths and literary mystification, decadent projects of life-creation, and fervent anticipation of the End are all part of the tour that is as illuminating as it is fun. No knowledge of Russian required.

RUSS W4309 Nineteenth -Century Narrative Dilemmas. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will explore narrative strategies developed by Russian authors as they created a literary tradition that would change the world. Starting with Pushkin's first completed prose work, we will explore how narrative frames, structures, genre, and authorial choices contribute to textual explorations of identity, responsibility, love, violence and revenge. Texts covered will include: Pushkin's "Tales of Belkin," Lermontov's, "Hero of Our Time", Gogol's "The Diary of a Madman,"The Nose," and "The Overcoat," Dostoevsky's "The Double and Demons, Tolstoy's "War and Peace", and Leskov's "The Enchanted Wanderer." No knowledge of Russian required.

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 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.

Russian Literature and Culture (in Russian)

RUSS V3319 Masterpieces of 19th Century Russian Literature. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

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

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 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 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 W4200 Russian Theatre--Hands On. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and permission of the instructor.
The study and staging in the original of a Russian play. Detailed textual analysis, including character development, dramatic style, and language usage. Oral presentations and recitations with focus on pronunciation and intonation

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 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 W4339 Chteniia po russkoi literature: Pushkin. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

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

A survey of Alexander Pushkin's poetry and prose in the original. Emphasis on the emergence of a new figure of the Poet in Russin in the 1820-1830s. Linguistic analysis of the poetic texts (vocabulary, metrics, versification) will be combined with the study of Russian History and Culture as reflected in Pushkin's writings.

RUSS W4346 Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Russian Folklore and the Folkloric Tradition. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The purpose of this course is to acquaint structure with traditional folk beliefs that are part of Russian life today. Readings will include descriptions of character ritual folk beliefs as well as narratives about personal experiences concerning superstition, sorcery and the supernatural. Also included will be folktales that most Russians know and contemporary Russian folk narratives.

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.

Czech Language and Literature

CZCH UN1201 Intermediate Czech I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: CZCH W1102 or the equivalent.

Rapid review of grammar. Readings in contemporary fiction and nonfiction, depending upon the interests of individual students. This course number is being changed to CZCH 2101

CZCH W1202 Intermediate Czech I and II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Czech W1102 or the equivalent.

Rapid review of grammar. Readings in contemporary fiction and nonfiction, depending upon the interests of individual students.

CZCH W3997 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

CZCH W3998 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

CLCZ W4020 Czech Culture Before Czechoslovakia. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or the instructor's permission.

An interpretive cultural history of the Czechs from earliest times to the founding of the first Czechoslovak republic in 1918. Emphasis on the origins, decline, and resurgence of Czech national identity as reflected in the visual arts, architecture, music, historiography, and especially the literature of the Czechs.

CLCZ W4035 The Writers of Prague. 3 points.

A survey of the Czech, German, and German-Jewish literary cultures of Prague from 1910 to 1920. Special attention to Hašek, ÄŒapek, Kafka, Werfel, and Rilke. Parallel reading lists available in English and in the original.

Polish Language and Literature

CLPL V3235 Imagining the Self. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Examines the literary construction of the self by comparing autobiographical and fictional texts from antiquity to the present. Focus on how the narrating self is masked, illusory, ventriloquized, or otherwise problematic. Works include Homer, Vergil, Rousseau, Wordsworth, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, and theoretical texts.

CLPL W4020 North America in the Mirror of Polish Literature. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: A knowledge of Polish is not required and all lectures are available in English.
Considers the reflections of American culture in Polish literature. All aspects of American life viewed through the lenses of the Polish writers, bringing into focus their perceptions of a different political, hitorical, and aesthetic experience

CLPL W4120 The Polish Short Story in a Comparitive Context. 3 points.

CLPL W4300 Unbound and Post Dependent: The Polish Novel After 1989. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This seminar is designed to offer an overview of Post-1989 Polish prose. The literary output of what is now called post-dependent literature demonstrates how political transformations influenced social and intellectual movements and transformed the narrative genre itself. The aesthetic and formal developments in Polish prose will be explored as a manifestation of a complex phenomenon bringing the reassessment of national myths, and cultural aspirations. Works by Dorota Maslowska, Andrzej Stasiuk, Pawel Huelle, Olga Tokarczuk, Magdalena Tulli and others will be read and discussed. Knowledge of Polish not required.

CLPL W6210 Polish Avant-Gardism. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

An investigation of avant-gardism in literature and the arts in Poland from the end of the 19th century to WW II. Texts as they originally appeared in journals and first editions, with the goal of developing a feel for the vibrant interdisciplinary modernist culture of pre-Communist Poland.

POLI UN1201 Intermediate Polish I. 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLI W1102 or the equivalent.

Rapid review of grammar; readings in contemporary nonfiction or fiction, depending on the interests of individual students. This course number is being changed to POLI 2101

POLI W1202 Intermediate Polish I and II. 4 points.

Prerequisites: POLI W1102 or the equivalent.

Rapid review of grammar; readings in contemporary nonfiction and fiction, depending on the interests of individual students.

POLI W3997 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

POLI W3998 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

POLI W4040 Mickiewicz. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The major works of Adam Mickiewicz. Students with sufficient knowledge of the Polish language are required to do course readings in the original. Parallel reading lists will be available for readers and non-readers of the Polish language

POLI G4049 Twentieth Century Polish Poetry. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: reading proficiency in Polish.

Students will be able to learn about the Polish literary scene and its dynamics and most of all read and analyze the most representative texts of the particular poets. The main goal of this course will be reading and comprehension of the text in original.

Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian Language and Literature

BCRS UN1201 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: BCRS W1102 or the equivalent.

Readings in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian literature in the original, with emphasis depending upon the needs of individual students. This course number is being changed to BCRS 2101

BCRS W1202 Intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: BCRS W1102 or the equivalent.

Readings in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian literature in the original, with emphasis depending upon the needs of individual students. This course number has been changed to BCRS 2102

BCRS W4002 (Dis)integration in Frames: Race, Ethnicity and gender Issues in Yugoslav and Post Yugoslav Cinemas. 3 points.

This course investigates the complex relationship between aesthetics and ideology in Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema. Specifically, it examines the variety of ways in which race, ethnicity, gender inequality, and national identity are approached, constructed, promoted, or contested and critically dissected in film texts from the Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) and its successor states (Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, FYR Macedonia). The course has four thematic units and is organized chronologically.

BCRS W3998 Supervised individual instruction in Comparative Literature South Slavic II. 1-4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Ukrainian Language and Literature

UKRN UN1201 Intermediate Ukrainian I. 3 points.

Prerequisites: UKRN W1102 or the equivalent.

Reviews and reinforces the fundamentals of grammar and a core vocabulary from daily life. Principal emphasis is placed on further development of communicative skills (oral and written). Verbal aspect and verbs of motion receive special attention. This course number is being changed to UKRN 2101

UKRN W1202 Intermediate Ukrainian II. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: UKRN W1102 or the equivalent.

Reviews and reinforces the fundamentals of grammar and a core vocabulary from daily life. Principal emphasis is placed on further development of communicative skills (oral and written). Verbal aspect and verbs of motion receive special attention. This course number has been changed to UKRN 2102

UKRN W3997 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

UKRN W3998 Supervised Individual Research. 2-4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

Film

HNGR W4050 The Hungarian New Wave: Cinema in Kadarist Hungary [In English]. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Hungarian cinema, like film-making in Czechoslovakia, underwent a renaissance in the 1960's, but the Hungarian new wave continued to flourish in the 70's and film remained one of the most important art forms well into the 80's. This course examines the cultural, social and political context of representative Hungarian films of the Kadarist period, with special emphasis on the work of such internationally known filmmakers as Miklos Jancso, Karoly Makk, Marta Meszaros, and Istvan Szabo. In addition to a close analysis of individual films, discussion topics will include the "newness"of the new wave in both form and content (innovations in film language, cinematic impressionism, allegorical-parabolic forms, auteurism, etc.), the influence of Italian, French, German and American cinema, the relationship between film and literature, the role of film in the cultures of Communist Eastern Europe, the state of contemporary Hungarian cinema. The viewing of the films will be augmented by readings on Hungarian cinema, as well as of relevant Hungarian literary works.

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.

Linguistics

Comparative Literature Slavic

CLCZ W4020 Czech Culture Before Czechoslovakia. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: sophomore standing or the instructor's permission.

An interpretive cultural history of the Czechs from earliest times to the founding of the first Czechoslovak republic in 1918. Emphasis on the origins, decline, and resurgence of Czech national identity as reflected in the visual arts, architecture, music, historiography, and especially the literature of the Czechs.

CLCZ W4035 The Writers of Prague. 3 points.

A survey of the Czech, German, and German-Jewish literary cultures of Prague from 1910 to 1920. Special attention to Hašek, ÄŒapek, Kafka, Werfel, and Rilke. Parallel reading lists available in English and in the original.

CLPL W4120 The Polish Short Story in a Comparitive Context. 3 points.

CLRS V3224 Nabokov. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course examines the writing (including major novels, short stories, essays and memoirs) of the Russian-American author Vladimir Nabokov. Special attention to literary politics and gamesmanship and the author's unique place within both the Russian and Anglo-American literary traditions. Knowledge of Russian not required.

CLRS V3300 Four Quixotes. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

The critics who dislike Don Quixote the novel far outnumber those who dislike Don Quixote the character. Some cast doubt on Cervantes as a literary craftsman, questioning the degree of prescience and self-consciousness that seems to make this seventeenth-century work "modern." The Philosopher and writer Miguel de Unamuno is the standard-bearer for those who argue that it is the character of Don Quixote - rather than author's writing style - that has made this work so fruitful. The classic translator of Cervantes into English, Samuel Putman, follows suit, citing the novel's myriad of mistakes and incongruities as evidence that its success is based on Don Quixote's charms. Even the most scathing Cervantes critic, Vladimir Nabokov, who found the novel "cruel and crude." found Don himself sympathetic.

CLRS V3301 Angry Young Decade: 1955 - 1965 In Russia, Poland, USA & England. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course will consider the literature and film of Russia, Poland, the USA and England during 1955-1965, focusing specifically on the phenomenon of literary movements of angry young writers rebelling against a stagnant tradition. We will also read various autobiographical accounts from writers who explain, from their insider’s view, how the various movements started, how they influenced each other, and why and how they came to an end. The primary goal of this course is to acquaint students with literature they most likely have never encountered, and with films they may never have seen before, but which are essential components in the development of prose and cinema not only in the four countries of our studies, but across borders, oceans, and even decades.

CLRS V3302 Fairy Tales Reloaded: Witches, Werewolves, Fools, and Post-Modern Fiction. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course examines eastern European fairy tales against the background of western narrative traditions, and explores the role of this genre in postmodern literature. In the first half of the course we read fairy tales, paying close attention to internal structural relationships and their overall aesthetic, including their peculiar relationship to time, play with language, and openness to variation. In the second half we focus on the tales' contemporary reincarnations, and discuss why these stories become a particularly powerful medium for exploring central topics in postmodern fiction, such as representations of sex and violence.

CLRS W4011 Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the English Novel [in English]. 3 points.

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

A close reading of works by Dostoevsky (Netochka Nezvanova; The Idiot; "A Gentle Creature") and Tolstoy (Childhood, Boyhood, Youth; "Family Happiness"; Anna Karenina; "The Kreutzer Sonata") in conjunction with related English novels (Bronte's Jane Eyre, Eliot's Middlemarch, Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway). No knowledge of Russian is required.

CLSL G4015 The Discovery of Language: Kant, von Humboldt, and the Consequences of the Birth of Linguistics. 3 points.

The course combines the history of literature and the philosophy of language, examining the profound effect of the emergence of language as an object of study in its own right across the whole spectrum of European culture. In education, it was implicated in the rise of nationalism; in Romanticism it contributed to the preoccupation with alienation; a new sense of language's otherness created challenges for all sectors claiming special intimacy with The Truth (natural sciences, theology and law)-- a development that has consequences for the rise of Modernism's predilection for the abstract. Readings in linguistics, neuroscience, the philosophy of language, and literary texts ( Bacon, Wilkins,Swift, Rousseau, Kant, Herder, von Humboldt, Kleist, Saussure, Kacevskii, Jacobson, Trubestskoi, Prague Circle, Tartu School, Bakhtin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Khlebnikov, Kharms, Benjamin, Cassierer, Benvenist, Derrida, de Man, Mallarme, Kafka, Sartre, Robbe-Grillet).

CLRS W4190 Race, Ethnicity, and Narrative, in the Russian/Soviet Empire. 3 points.

CC/GS/SEAS: Partial Fulfillment of Global Core Requirement
Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course examines the literary construction of ethnic and cultural identity in texts drawn from the literatures of ethnic minorities and non-Slavic nationalities that coexist within the Russian and Soviet imperial space, with attention to the historical and political context in which literary discourses surrounding racial, ethnic, and cultural particularity develop. Organized around three major regions -- the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Russian Far East --readings include canonical "classics" by Aitmatov, Iskander, and Rytkheu as well as less-known texts, both "official" and censored. 

CLRS W4431 Theatricality and Spectacle in the History of Russian Culture. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

A survey of Russian Cultural History from the late 17th Century to the present day, focused on the problems of Theater and Performance, their place in the system of power and in the structure of everyday life. Alongside with the history of Russian Theater, various manifestations of theatricality, from the 18th century Court Festivals to the Moscow Olympiad of 1980, will be studied. Readings will include milestones of Russian drama (plays by Pushkin, Gogol, Ostrovski, Chekhov, Bulgakov), theater manifestos by Stanislavski, Meierhold, Evreinov , as well as selected issues in contemporary cultural, architectural and visual theory (works by R. Barthes, M. Carlson, A.Vidler, M. Fried). All readings will be in English.

CLSL W4004 Introduction to Twentieth-Century Central European Fiction. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

This course introduces students to works of literature that offer a unique perspective on the tempestuous twentieth century, if only because these works for the most part were written in "minor" languages (Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Serbian), in countries long considered part of the European backwaters, whose people were not makers but victims of history. Yet the authors of many of these works are today ranked among the masters of modern literature. Often hailing from highly stratisfied , conservative societies, many Eastern and Central European writers became daring literary innovators and experimenters. To the present day, writers from this "other" Europe try to escape history, official cultures, politics, and end up redefining them for their readers. We will be dealing with a disparate body of literature, varied both in form and content. But we will try to pinpoint subtle similarities, in tone and sensibility, and focus, too, on the more apparent preoccupation with certain themes that may be called characteristically Central European.

CLSL W4995 Central European Jewish Literature: Assimilation and Its Discontents. 3 points.

Examines prose and poetry by writers generally less accessible to the American student written in the major Central European languages: German, Hungarian, Czech, and Polish. The problematics of assimilation, the search for identity, political commitment and disillusionment are major themes, along with the defining experience of the century: the Holocaust; but because these writers are often more removed from their Jewishness, their perspective on these events and issues may be different. The influence of Franz Kafka on Central European writers, the post-Communist Jewish revival, defining the Jewish voice in an otherwise disparate body of works.

CLCV W4100 The Handwritten Book. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

How books were made in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, covering the physical characteristics of handwritten books (scripts, illustrations and illuminations, bindings, writing materials), the context in which books were created (monastic scriptorium, cathedral library, the early bookshops), and the audience which determined their use and contents.

CPLT BC3001 Introduction to Comparative Literature. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Cultures in Comparison (CUL)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Literature (LIT).

Introduction to the study of literature from a comparative and cross-disciplinary perspective. Readings will be selected to promote reflection on such topics as the relation of literature to the other arts; nationalism and literature; international literary movements; post-colonial literature; gender and literature; and issues of authorship, influence, originality, and intertextuality.

Fall 2017: CPLT BC3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CPLT 3001 001/02326 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Emily Sun 3 25

SLLT W4015 Ideology, History, Identity: South Slavic Writers from Modernism to Postmodernism and Beyond. 3 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Explores the issue of Yugoslav identity through the representative texts of major Serbian writers, such as Milos Crnjanski, Ivo Andric, Danilo Kis, Milorad Pavic, and Borislav Pekic.

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