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 will also introduce students to facts about Russian life, culture, history, and geography. The class will meet nine hours per week: five hours with the master teacher and four 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 within 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.
How was it possible that the last Soviet generation did not foresee the “collapse” of its country, and yet when it happened was not surprised by it? Did the workers of the last two decades before perestroika “trade social security for political compliance?” What role did nationalism and the process of decolonization play in the country’s disintegration? Did the Cold War rivalry precipitate its fall? How successful was someone who came of age during perestroika in embracing market relations? While examining the answers to these questions as provided by anthropologists, political scientists and historians, we will also search for insights from Soviet and Post-Soviet literature and film. The course will be 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 the 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. Prerequisite: RUSS 213Y-214Y or permission of instructor. This course can be repeated for credit with a change of teaching materials. In such a case, permission of the instructor is required. Offered every year.
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky may be the best-known ambassadors of Russian literature to the West, but at its heart, it is a tradition of poetry, not prose. Because this poetry has fared poorly in translation, its rich heritage has remained all but off-limits to the rest of the world. This course will introduce advanced Russian language students to Russian lyric poetry by showing its historical development from the late 18th- to the 20th-century, encompassing both Golden and Silver Ages. We will pay particularly close attention to Pushkin, whose genius is notoriously underappreciated outside Russia. We will weave our way through poetic movements including Symbolism, Acmeism, and Futurism, but we will also look beyond these convenient categories in our assessment of the figures who towered above them: Blok, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Mayakovsky, Pasternak, and Tsvetaeva. Our major day-to-day focus will be on reading, translating, understanding, and appreciating Russian poetry. All readings will be in Russian. Prerequisite: Russian 213–214 or permission of instructor.