This course is an introductory language course that emphasizes language proficiency in all four skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing. After the first year, students will be able to discuss most everyday topics; they will learn essentials of Russian grammar and vocabulary. The course also will introduce students to facts about Russian life, culture, history and geography. The class will meet eight hours per week; five hours with the master teacher and three hours with the apprentice teacher. Offered every year.
In this course, students continue the study of the language, concentrating on the development of oral communication and writing skills. Work for the course will involve regular study of new vocabulary, extensive reading, and writing. In class, we will review some important aspects of grammar, focusing on communication in a variety of contexts. The skills of listening and comprehension, speaking and participating in discussion will be further developed. Students will be introduced to more facts about Russian culture. They will read excerpts from Russian literature and learn some poetry. The class meets three times a week with the master teacher and twice a week with the apprentice teacher. Attendance at Russian Table is required. Prerequisite: RUSS 111Y-112Y or equivalent. Offered every year.
In this course we will meet characters who are overcome with passion, obsession or addiction and analyze the dichotomies of rational and irrational, healthy and sick, selfless and selfish in Russian literature and film. We will find out that in Russian culture irrational behavior at times appears as a form of Occidentalism, a rebellion against the rationality of the West with its perceived lack of spirituality and attachment to comfort. At other times, embracing intoxication and folly reveals the fascination of Russian intellectuals with the Western tradition of Renaissance Humanism. The grades will be based on participation in class discussions, the questions posted by students on our online forum before each class, an analytical seven page term paper (double-spaced) and a creative midterm project. This course is taught in English. No prerequisite.
This course provides beginning advanced students of Russian the opportunity to continue their study of the language, concentrating on the development of four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. To strengthen their writing, students will be required to write several essays during the course of the semester. Work for the course will involve regular study of new vocabulary, reading a variety of texts, and writing essays. A main focus of this course is communication within a variety of contexts while trying to enhance listening, reading comprehension and oral proficiency. One additional practice session, conducted by an apprentice teacher, may be required. This course can be repeated for credit up to 1.0 Kenyon unit. In such a case, permission of the instructor is required. Prerequisite: RUSS 213Y-214Y or permission of instructor. Offered every year.
The central aim of this course is to introduce students to classic and modern works in prose and poetry of 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature, and to develop their ability to discuss and analyze various genres and individual styles. Lectures and discussions will focus on works by Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Pasternak, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn and others. While our emphasis will be on close readings and analysis of individual texts, we will pay special attention to the development of realist aesthetics and to the special role played by literature in Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet society. Though centered on the novel, this course examines various genres and their boundaries: short story, drama and film. The course will be taught in English. No prerequisite. Normally offered every three years.