FALL 2013 COURSES!
Looking for an elective? Check out our list of exciting courses with NO PREREQUISITES for Fall '13! 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 2013 courses conducted in English with no prerequisites:
LITERATURE & EMPIRE: THE REIGN OF THE NOVEL IN RUSSIA (19th-Century Russian Literature)
Knowledge of Russian not required. 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, Lermonotov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov.
Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
Professor Cathy Popkin
MAGIC AND MODERNITY
Examines literary treatments of magic produced at five pivotal moments in (mostly) European intellectual history, and inquires: How does the depiction of magic relate to the idea of “modernity” and its attendant anxieties? How do texts produce magical effects? How does magic function as a way of understanding the world? Readings include works by Ovid, Apuleius, Marie de France, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Goethe, the Strugatsky brothers, Bulgakov and others, as well as folklore and theoretical texts. Fulfills Barnard LIT and CUL requirements.
Day/Time: TR 10:10am-11:25am
Professor Rebecca Stanton
RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Knowledge of Russian not required. Survey of Russian literature and culture from the late 1970s until today. Works by Petrushevskaya, Pelevin, Tolstaya, Sorokin, Ulitskaya, Senchin, Akunin, Rubinshtein, Prigov, Vasilenko and others. Literature, visual art, and film are examined in social and political context.
Day/Time: TR 2:40p - 3:55p
Professor Rad Borislavov
This course examines the writing (including major novels, short stories, essays and memoirs) of the Russian-American author Vladimir Nobokov. 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.
Day/Time: TR 10:10-11:35am
Professor Catharine Nepomnyashchy
The history of Slavic peoples - Russians, Czechs, Poles, Serbs, Croats, Ukrainians, Bulgarians - is rife with transformations, some voluntary, some imposed. Against the background of a schematic external history, this course examines how Slavic peoples have responded to and have represented these transformations in various modes: historical writing, hagiography, polemics, drama and fiction, folk poetry, music, visual art, and film. Activity ranges over lecture (for historical background) and discussion (of primary sources). Fulfils Global Core requirement (CC).
Day/Time: MW 8:40am-9:55am
Professor Alan Timberlake
DOSTOEVSKY, TOLSTOY & THE ENGLISH NOVEL
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).
Day/Time: MW 10:10am-11:25am
Professor Liza Knapp
CZECH CULTURE BEFORE CZECHOSLOVAKIA
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. Prerequisite: sophomore standing OR the instructor's permission.
Day/Time: TR 2:40-3:55p
Professor Chris Harwood
INTRODUCTION TO TWENTIETH-CENTURY CENTRAL EUROPEAN FICTION
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 historyYet 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.
Day/Time: TR 6:10-7:25p
Professor Ivan Sanders
AFTER THE EMPIRE: SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET, COLONIAL AND POST COLONIAL FILM
Explores 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 counter-narratives.
Day/Time: M 6:00-10:00p
Professor Yuri Shevchuk
INTRODUCTION TO LINGUISTICS
An introduction to the study of language from a scientific perspective. The course is divided into three units: language as a system (sounds, morphology, syntax, semantics), language in context (in space, time, and community), and language of the individual (psycholinguistics, errors, aphasia, neurology of language, acquisition).
Day/Time: TR 2:40-3:55p
Professor John McWhorter
...And, of course, there are our beginning language classes....
RUSS V1101 First-Year Russian I
CZCH W1101 Elementary Czech I
POLI W1101 Elementary Polish I
SCRB W1101 Elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian I
UKRN W1101 Elementary Ukrainian I