FALL 2012 COURSES! Looking for an elective? Check out our list of exciting courses with NO PREREQUISITES for Fall 2012! The courses listed below require no prior knowledge of Russian or any other Slavic language. All that's required is your own interest and enthusiasm for learning more about the rich cultural and literary traditions of the Slavic peoples. (If you already speak a Slavic language and you want a course where the readings and/or discussions are conducted in that language, click here to start looking. If you need a language placement test, click here!)
Fall 2012 courses conducted in English with no prerequisites:
LITERATURE & EMPIRE (19th-Century Russian Literature)
Prof. Cathy Popkin. TR 1:10-2:25pm.
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, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov.
Comparative Literature/Russian V3224
Prof. Catharine Nepomnyashchy. TR 10:10-11:25am.
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 Russin and Anglo-American literary traditions. Knowledge of Russian not required.
Comparative Literature/Russian W4011
DOSTOEVSKY, TOLSTOY & THE ENGLISH NOVEL
Prof. Liza Knapp. MW 10:10-11:25am.
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).
Comparative Literature/Czech W4035
THE WRITERS OF PRAGUE
Prof. Chris Harwood. TR 2:40-3:55pm.
A survey of the Czech, German, and German-Jewish literary cultures of
Prague from 1910 to 1930. Emphasis on Hasek, Capek, Kafka, Werfel, and
Comparative Literature/Polish W4042
Polish Best Sellers
Prof. Anna Frajlich-Zajac. M 4:00 - 6:00pm
A close study of the twentieth-century Polish novel during the prewar period. Readings from major works of Kuncewiczowa, Choromanski, Wittlin, Unilowski, Kurek, Iwaszkiewicz, Gombrowicz, and Schulz. The development of the Polish novel will be examined against the background of new trends in European literature and film, and the use of various narratives devices will be studied. A reading knowledge of Polish is desirable, but not required.
Comparative Literature/Slavic W407
SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET, COLONIAL AND POST-COLONIAL FILM
Prof. Yuri Shevchuk. T 6:10-10pm.
Satisfies Barnard’s ART requirement.
The course will discuss how
film-making has been used as a vehicle of power and control in the
Soviet Union and in post-Soviet space since 1991. A body of selected
films by Soviet and post-Soviet directors that exemplify the function of
film making as a tool of appropriation of the colonized, their cultural
and political subordination by the Soviet center will be examined in
terms of post-colonial theories. The course will also focus on the often
over looked work of Ukrainian, Georgian, Belarusian, Armenian, etc.
national film schools and how they participated in the communist project
of fostering a as well as resisted it by generating, in hidden and,
since 1991, overt and increasingly assertive ways, their own
Comparative Literature/Russian W4431
THEATRICALITY AND SPECTACLE IN RUSSIAN CULTURE
Prof. Tatiana Smoliarova. TR 2:40-3:55pm.
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 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) and theater manifestos by Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, and 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.
Comparative Literature/Slavic W4995
CENTRAL EUROPEAN JEWISH LITERATURE
Prof. Ivan Sanders. TR 6:10p - 7:25pm.
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. Major themes include the problematics of assimilation, the search for identity, political commitment and disillusionment, the influence of Franz Kafka, the post-Communist Jewish revival, and responses to the defining experience of the century: the Holocaust. Because these writers are often somewhat removed from their Jewishness, their perspectives on these events and issues may be unexpected.