W4011. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the English Novel. 3 pts. L. Knapp.
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.
W4012. Russian, French, and American Novels of Adultery. 3 pts. L. Knapp.
Adultery is a driving concern of the works read. Authors include Pushkin, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov; Lafayette, Flaubert; Hawthorne, Chopin. As we study the nineteenth-century novels that define the novel of adultery as a literary category, as well as some precursors and later offshoots, we articulate a morphology of the novel of adultery. We also focus on the narrative technqiues used to represent the consciousness of the protagonists, in an effort to determine how the subject matter and the poetics of the novel of adultery interact. No knowledge of Russian is required; all works read in English.
W4015. Dostoevsky and Nabokov: Narratives of Transgression and Madness. 3 pts. D. Martinsen.
A close reading of works by Dostoevsky (The Double, Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, "The Meek One," The Brothers Karamazov) and Nabokov (Despair, Lolita). Paying particular attention to narrative strategies, the course will prepare students to apply their knowledge of Dostoevskian plot, thematics, and literary technique to two novels by the great Dostoevsky-denier Nabokov
W4020. Slavic Literary Theory. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
The contributions to modern critical thought of Russian Formalism, Prague Structuralism, East European structural poetics and semiotics of culture. The characteristic features of those movements are examined in comparison with kindred critical developments in the West. Readings in English.
W4029. Women Novelists of the Nineteenth Century In Russia and Elsewhere. 3 pts.
An examination of nineteenth-century novels and novellas by women: the focus will be on Russian writers (Gan, Zhukova, Pavlova, Tur, Vovchok, Khvoshchinskaia, Kovalevskaia), but we will include relevant works by novelists from other traditions (Germaine de Staël, George Sand; Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Olive Shreiner). We will discuss broader issues relating to the theory, form and poetics of the novel, as well as ask questions about the nature of realism, about the politics of literary history and canonization, about the feminine imagination. All works may be read in English. (No knowledge of Russian or French is required.
W4032. Emancipation of the Self in (Early 20th Century) Russia and the European Modern. 3 pts. J. Wermuth-Atkinson
A survey of the conceptual commonalities in 20th century Russian and Western European literature, art, architecture, theater, and music. Emphasis will be on the views of the Self, the relationship between matter and psyche, and the reality and appearance, discussed in the context of Russian Symbolism, analytical psychology, and the Modern.
G4035. Word and Image In Russian Culture 1720-1920. 3 pts.
Reading knowledge of Russian and some reading ability in French are desirable. Examination of the possible relationships of the verbal and the visual in 18th- and 19th-century Russian literature and culture. Considers the Byzantine heritage, the "symbols and emblems" of the Petrine baroque, the allegories of court culture, the notion of the picturesque, the "visibility" of "classical" Russian literature and turn-of-the-century culture, and the very possibility of illustrating words with images. The course is comparative, placing Russian examples against a European background to explore what is universal and what is specific about the interplay of word and image in Russia.
W4155. History of Russian & Soviet Film. 3 pts. R. Borislavov
This course surveys developments in Russian film history and style from the prerevolutionary beginnings of cinema through the Soviet and post-Soviet experience. We will be studying both the aesthetic qualities of the films and their historical and cultural contexts. Students will be exposed to a wide range of visual media, including experimental films of the 1920s, films on Russia's experience of World War II, Soviet classics, late Soviet and contemporary Russian films. Readings will include theoretical articles and selections from Russian film history and criticism. All readings are in English and the films will be screened with English subtitles.
W4309. Nineteenth Century Narrative Dilemmas. 3 pts. D. Martinsen.
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 willinclude: Pushkin's "Tale of Belkin," Lermontov's "Hero of Our Time," Gogol's "The Diary of a Madman,""The Nose,""The Overcoat," Dostoevsky's "The Double and Demons," Tolstoy's "War and Peace," and Leskov's "The Enchanted Wanderer." No knowledge of Russian required.
W4431. Theatricality and Spectacle In the History of Russian Culture. 3 pts.
A survey of Russian cultural history focused on the problems of theater and performance, and their place in the system of power in the structure of everyday life. Along with the history of Russian theater, various manisfestions of theatricality, from the 18th century Court Festivals to the Moscow Olympiad of 1980, will be studied. Readings include milestones of Russian drama (plays by Pushkin, Gogol, Ostrovsky, Chekhov, Bulgakov), theater manifestos by Stanislavsky, Meierhold, Evreinov, as well as selected issues in contemporary cultural, architectural and visual theory. All the readings will be in English.
G6110. The Discourse of Self in Russia and the West. 3 pts. R. Stanton
The evolution of self-narrative in Russian literature, including both fiction and non-fiction, in comparison with canonical Western texts. Emphasis on the aesthetic and ethical tensions inherent in the project of self-narration, the ways in which major Russian and Western authors addressed these problems, and parallels between personal and national self-definition.
G6201. Bakhtin. 3 pts. Staff
An examination of the literary and cultural theory of Mikhail Bakhtin.
G6401. Russian Futurism and Its Influence. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
Exploration of the poetics and philosophy of language of the Russian Futurists in comparison with Italian Futurism and other trends in the Russian and Western avant-garde. Examination of the impact of the Russian avant-garde rebellion on literature and aesthetic ideas of the pre-revolutionary and early Soviet period. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of Russian.
W4003. Introduction to Czech Literature. 3 pts. Staff
W4333. Readings in Czech Literature I. 3 pts. C. Harwood.
Prerequisites: Two years of college Czech or the equivalent. A close study in the orginal of representative works of Czech literature. Discussion and writing assignments in Czech aimed at developing advanced language proficiency.
W4334. Readings in Czech Literature II. 3 pts. C. Harwood.
Prerequisites: Two years of college Czech or the equivalent. A close study in the original of representative works of Czech literature. Discussion and writing assignments in Czech aimed at developing advanced language proficiency.
G8001-G8003. Directed Research in Czech Literature. 3-4 pts. Staff
LING W4108. Language History. 3 pts. Staff.
Prerequisites: LING W3101. Language, like all components of culture, is structured and conventional yet can nevertheless change over time. This course examines how language changes, firstly as a self-contained system that changes organically and autonomously, and secondly, as contextualized habits that change in time, in space, and in communities.
LING W4170. Language and Symbol. 3 pts. B. Gasarov.
Prerequisite: LING W3101. Reading and discussing scholarly literature on various aspects of the meaning, structure, and functioning of signs in language, art, and society. All the reading for the course is drawn from original scholarly literature, some of it of highly specialised nature. At some points (for instance, while discussing dimensions of the linguistic signs, or parameters of structural poetics), theoretical reading will be supplemented by brief practical assignments.
LING W4190. Discourse and Pragmatics. 3 pts.
Prerequisite: LING W3101. How discourse works, how language is used: oral vs. written modes of language, the structure of discourse, speech acts and speech genres, the expression of power, authenticity, and solidarity in discourse, dialogicity, pragmatics, mimesis.
LING W4202. Cognative Linguistics. 3pts.
Prerequisite: LING W3101, previously or concurrently. Reading and discussion of scholarly literature on the cognative approach of language, including: usage oriented approaches to language, frame semantics, construction grammar, theories of conceptual metaphor and mental spaces; alongside of experimental research on language acquisition, language memory, prototypical and analogous, and the role of visual imagery in language processing.
LING W4204 Linguistic Theory. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
Prerequisite: LING W3101, previously or concurrently. A survey of theoretical approaches to meaning in twentieth -century linguistics and philosophy of language. The course involves reading and discussion of original scholarly literature on semantics by authors such as: de Saussure, Jakobson, Chomsky, Wittgenstein, Fillmore, Derrida; reading is accompanied by practical work aimed at testing different aspects of meaning and linguistic models. Among models discussed in the course are strcutural semantics and semiotics, generative grammar.
LING W4376. Phonetics and Phonology. 3 pts.
Prerequisite: LING W3101. An investigation of the sounds of human language, from the perspective of phonetics (articulation and acoustics, including computer-aided acoustic analysis) and phonology (the distribution and function of sounds in individual languages).
LING W4800 Language and Society. 3 pts.
Prerequisite: LING W3101. How language structure and usage and varies according to special factors such as social history and socioeconomic factors, illustrated with study modules on langauge contact, language standardization and literacy, quantitative sociolinguistic theory, and the history, present and future of language usage in the former Soviet Union.
LING W4903. Syntax. 3 pts. Staff.
Prerequisite: LING W3101. Syntax - the combination of words - has been at the center of the Chomskyan revolution in Linguistics. This course examines contemporary syntactic theories, focusing on later versions of generative syntax (Government and Binding, Minimalism), with secondary attention to alternative models (HPSG< Categorial Grammar).
W4001. Conversations About Russian Cinema. 3 pts. M. Kashper
Two years of college Russian or the instructor's permission. The course will focus on conversational, stylistic and cultural aspects of the language. Script writing, promotional trailers, film reviews. The course is conducted entirely in Russian.
W4006. Modern Russian Religious Thought. 3 pts. L. Knapp
Knowledge of Russian is not required. The concepts of God, man, nature, history, and culture. Readings from Chaadayev, Khomyakov, Solovyov, Fyodorov, Florensky, Bulgakov, Shestov, Lossky, Frank, and others. The relationship to Eastern Christian thought and Western philosophy.
W4014. Introduction To Russian Poetry and Poetics. 3 pts. Staff
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, Tsvetaeva, 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.
W4015. Highlights of Russian Drama from the Eighteenth Century to Chekhov. 3 pts. R. Belknap
Parallel reading lists in English and Russian. Graduate Russian majors must use the Russian. Emphasis on drama as literature, with some attention to Western drama and to Russian theatrical production.
W4016. Twentieth-Century Russian Drama and Theater. 3 pts. R. Belknap
Parallel reading lists in English and Russian. Graduate majors must read in the original. Emphasis on literary texts, the history of literary movements, and on competing theatrical and dramatic theories.
W4025. The Russian Memoir. 3 pts. R. Belknap
A sampling of family, political, travel, prison, literary, theatrical, military, court, religious, and other memoirs from several centuries, with attention to the characteristics of the different subgenres and literary periods; the interplay between the memoir and other literary genres.
W4027. Poetry and Prose of the 1860s. 3 pts. Staff
Readings, lectures, and discussion on the fiction, lyric, drama, and journalism of a crucial decade. A longer reading list is provided for those who cannot read Russian.
W4036. Russian Women in Literature and Culture. 3pts. C. Nepomnyashchy
A knowledge of Russian is not required. A comparative study of Western and Russian feminist thought and practice. Literary and historical documents are studied, with emphasis on women’s social position, their literary image and their contributions to culture.
W4050. Post-Soviet Russian Literature. 3 pts. Staff
Survey of the work of the major writers to have entered Russian literature in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The reading list includes Vladimir Makanin, Mikhail Kuraev, Viktor Pelevin, Viktor Erofeev, Vladimir Sorokin, Tatiana Tolstaia, Liudmila Petrushevskaia, Nina Sadur, Svetlana Vasilenko, Valeriia Narbikova, Nina Iskrenko, Evgenii Kharitonov, and others.
W4056. The Brothers Karamazov. 3pts. R. Belknap
Prerequisite: the ability to read sixty pages of Dostoevsky's Russian per week. A careful reading of the text in the original, with attention to historical, literary, religious, political, psychological, and other questions.
G4075. Survival and Renewal: Russian Poetry of the Soviet Period. 3 pts.
Examines how Russian poetry continued to evolve in the Soviet period even as the government attempted to control all means of literary expression and exploit the popularity of verse as vehicle for party propaganda. Russian Poets of 1930-90.
W4200. Russian Theater Hands On. 3 pts. M. Kashper
The study and staging in the original of a Russian play. Concentrates of exploration of character and style through language, phonetics, detailed textual analysis, and oral presentation.
W4331. Chteniia po russkoi literature: Turgenev. 3 pts. I. Reyfman.
Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and the instructor's permission. Conducted in Russian.
W4332. Chteniia po russkoi literature: Gogol. I. Reyfman.
Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and the instructor's permission. Conducted in Russian.
W4338. Chteniia po russkoi literature: Voina i mir. 3 pts. I. Reyfman.
The course is devoted to reading and discussing of Tolstoy's masterpiece. Classes are conducted entirely in Russian.
W4344. Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Advanced Russian Through History. 3 pts. F. Miller
Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian or the equivalent. A language course designed to meet the needs of those foreign learners of Russian as well as heritage speakers who want to develop further their reading, speaking, and writing skills and be introduced to the history of Russia.
W4345. Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Advanced Russian Through History. 3pts. F. Miller. Three years college Russian or the equivalent. A language course designed to meet the needs of those foreign learners of Russian as well as heritage speakers who want to further develop their reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills and be introduced to the history of Russia.
W4346. Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Russian Folklore and the Folkloric Tradition. 3 pts. F. Miller. Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian and the instructor's permission. Reading and discussion of the principal genres of traditional and contemporary Russian folklore and readings about Russian folk customs. Conducted in Russian.
W4347. Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Contemporary Social Sciences. 3pts. A. Smyslova.
Prerequisites: Five semesters of college level Russian or four semesters of college level Russian and participation in a study abroad program in a Russian speaking country and the instructor's permission. This course is designed to meet the needs of advanced undergraduate and graduate students across several fields -- the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, fine arts, business, law and others -- who wish to focus on acquisition of high-proficiency reading skills that will allow them to conduct research using written Russian-language academic sources.
W4348. Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Advanced Russian Through the Media. 3 pts. I. Kun. Prerequisite: 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.
W4349. Chteniia po russkoi kul'ture: Advanced Russian Through Song. 3 pts. I. Kun.
This is a concept based course 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.
G4331-G4332. Language Pedagogy Workshop, I and II. 2 pts.
Designed to help graduate students teaching the Russian language understand theories and practices of foreign language teaching. Introduction to the teaching-learning process, specifics of teaching Russian as a less commonly taught language, hands on experience of planning class time, developing class activities, speaking and writing skills at the beginning level, grading, composing quizzes and tests.
G4431y. Reading Practicum. 3 pts.
A close reading of a major work of Russian literature with special attention paid to pronunciation, intonation and style.
W4432. Contrastive Phonetics and Grammar of Russian and English. 3 pts. F. Miller
Prerequisite: four years of college Russian and instructor’s permission. Comparative phonetic, intonational, and morphological structures of Russian and English, with special attention to typical problems for American speakers of Russian.
W4433. Specific Problems in Mastering and Teaching Russian. 3 pts. F. Miller
Prerequisite: four years of college Russian and instructor’s permission. The Russian verb (basic stem system, aspect, locomotion); prefixes; temporal, spatial, and causal relationships; word order; word formation.
W4434. Practical stylistics [in Russian]. 3 pts. Staff
Prerequisite: Four years of college Russian or the equivalent. Practice in the varieties of narrative and expository writing. Development of vocabulary and syntactic structures appropriate for abstract discourse.
W4676. Russian Art Between East and West. 3 pts. E. Valkenier
This course aims to be more than a basic survey that starts with icons and ends with the early modernists. Taking an inderdisciplinary 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 the world of 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 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 reading in English.
W4910. Literary Translation. 3 pts. R. Meyer
Prerequisite: four years of college Russian or the equivalent. Workshop in literary translation from Russian 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 translations of publishable quality. May count as a literature course for the M.A. or Ph.D. degree.
W4911y. Introduction to Simultaneous Interpretation: Russian-English. 3 pts. L. Visson
Prerequisites: Three years of college Russian or the equivalent. Enrollment limited. A hands-on introduction to the principles and techniques of simultaneous interpretation. Students will work in the language laboratory, primarily from Russian to English. Background reading on the history, practice, and techniques of simultaneous interpretation will supplement practical work from cassettes and CDs. Students must have a
portable cassette tape recorder.
G6000. Stalin culture. 3 pts. C. Nepomnyashchy
G6009. Gogol. 3 pts. Staff
A close study in the original of the major works.
G6021. Structure of Modern Standard Russian. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
A survey of Russian morphosyntax, with emphasis on modern approaches to the description of Russian grammar.
G6026. Nineteenth-Century Russian Opera: Musical and Literary Discourses. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
Prerequisite: either a reading knowledge of Russian or the ability to read scores. Six Russian operas: Glinka’s Ruslan and Liudmila, Musorgsky’s Boris Godunov and Khovanshchina, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tale of the Invisible City of Kitezh are examined as an interplay between trends in Western musical theater and Russian popular musical culture (romances, folk songs, liturgical music). Emphasis on music’s relation to its literary sources and contemporary ideological discourses.
G6032. Russian Modernism (aka Modernist Russian Prose). 3 pts. Staff
A knowledge of Russian is not required. The major writers and trends of Russian modernism, set in cultural context (alongside music, art, and politics), with an emphasis on prose fiction. Garshin, Kuprin, Andreev, Gorky, Bely, Pasternak, Bunin, Remizov, and others. (Ph.D. students in Russian literature should be prepared to read in the original.)
G6033. The Road(s) to Socialist Realism. 3 pts. R. Stanton
A knowledge of Russian is not required. The major writers, movements, and aesthetic debates in Russian prose from 1917-1934, set against the context of politics and culture at large. Special attention to the role of literature in reflecting and shaping social and political values. (Ph.D. students in Russian literature should be prepared to read in the original.)
G6039. Literature, Politics and Tradition after Stalin. 3 pts. C. Nepomnyashchy, R. Stanton
A knowledge of Russian is not required. The major writers and trends in Russian literature from the death of Stalin to the present. Emphasis on the rethinking of the role of literature in society and on formal experimentation engendered by relaxation of political controls over literature. (Ph.D. students in Russian literature should be prepared to read in the original.)
G6040. Eighteenth Century Russian Literature. 3 pts. I. Reyfman.
A survey of eighteenth century Russian poetry, prose and drama in the original. The reading list includes Feofan Prokopovich, Vasily Trediakovsky, Mikhailo Lomonosov, Alexsandr Sumarokov, Alexsandr Radishchev, Gavrila Derzhavin, and Nikolai Karamzin.
G6041. Contemporary Russian Culture and Society. 3 pts. T. Smoliarova.
"Contemporary Russian Culture and Society" examines major topics in present day Russian culture (literary (prose and poetry); language; philology and literary criticism; theater; cinema; architecture; childhood and education). This graduate seminar will be conducted in Russian; texts in various genres will be read and discussed; also included will be projects, film screenings, and guest lectures.
G6042. In Search of a Vanished Civilization: Soviet Culture, 1940s - 1970s. 3 pts. B. Gasparov.
The course explores a particular period in Soviet cultural history - from the end of the Second World War to the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia - as a time of consolidation of a peculiar "Soviet Civilization." It was a period when the new social and cultural order has neither needed mass terror for its maintenance, nor shown clear signs of decay. The course's aim is to explore various aspects of this vanished civilization: from its fundamental philosophical ideas, literature, and art, to popular culture and categories of cultural consciousness.
G6104. Old Russian Literature. 3 pts. V. Izmirlieva
A survey of the principal genres of original and translated literature, with class readings and explication of assigned texts.
G6105x. Old Russian Literature II. 3 pts. V. Izmirlieva
Surveys major works of the Russian literary cannon, from the late Muscovite period through the seventeenth century. Emphasis on the rhetoric of empire and Muscovite imperial ideology, the emergence of literary subjectivity and the transformation of medieval genres. No knowledge of Old Church Slavonic is required, but good reading comprehension of Russian is a must.
G6107. Russian Literary Theory and Criticism, I. 3 pts. Staff
A chronological and generic approach to the major writers and movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
G6108. Russian Literary Theory and Criticism, II. 3 pts. Staff
A chronological and generic approach to the major writers and movements of the twentieth century.
G6109. Introduction to Russian Folk Literature. 3 pts. F. Miller
An introduction to the principal genres, with assigned and in-class readings.
G6110. Don Juan and Casanova In Russia. 3 pts.
Explores the Russian versions of the Don Juan and Casanova myths through a range of theatrical, lyrical, musical, and critical texts. Topics include: libertinism and decadence; desire, memory and memoirs; sexual/textual seduction; the Russian practice of 'the Don Juan list'; appropriation, inversion, and parody. Works by Casanova, Pushkin, A.K. Tolstoi, Bal'mont, Briusov, Blok, Gumilev, Akhmatova, Amfiteatrov, Zaitsev, Tsveateva, Nabokov, Kazakov, Korkiia.
G6118. The Russian Decameron: Early Russian Prose Fiction. 3 pts. I. Reyfman
A survey of Russian prose fiction in the original from its beginnings to the end of the eighteenth century. Emphasis on the emergence of a new hero/heroine: adventurous, upwardly mobile, and preoccupied with sex. The reading list includes anonymous seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century tales, prose works by Mikhail Chulkov, Nikolai Karamzin, Aleksandr Klushin, and Mikhail Sushkov, as well as eighteenth-century page-turners by Matvei Komarov, and Ivan Novikov.
G6119. Eighteenth-Century Russian Poetry. 3 pts. I. Reyfman
A survey of Russian poetry from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century.
G6120. Nineteenth-Century Russian Poetry. 3 pts. R. Gustafson
The major themes and modes of Russian poetry from preromanticism up to “pure art.” Selections from Batiushkov, Zhukovsky, Baratynsky, Yazykov, Lermontov, Tiutchev, Karolina Pavlova, Nekrasov, and Fet.
G6121. Russian Symbolist Poetry. 3 pts. R. Gustafson
A survey of the major poets, with readings and class discussion of representative lyrics and selected essays.
G6140. The Classic Russian Novel. 3 pts. L. Knapp
Selected novels of Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky will be read closely, with special attention to the development and flowering of the Russian novel, to the question of what a novel is (in the Russian context), and to the cultural work of these novels. Readings will also include seminal works of criticism, selected works on the theory of the novel, and additional novels from the Russian and European traditions that are relevant to the novels studied in the course. Students must be able to read the major texts in Russian.
G6150. Studies in Russian Culture [in Russian]. 3 pts. I. Reyfman
The questions of national identity; a consideration of the Slavophile-Westernizer debate from the early eighteenth century to the present.
G6160. Neglected Masterpieces. 3 pts. I. Reyfman
A study in the original of works that rarely receive attention in traditional courses of Russian literature. The list of readings includes works by Krylov, Vladimir Odoevsky, Kozma Prutkov, Leskov, and others.
G6161. Chekhov and the Short Story. 3 pts. C. Popkin
A detailed consideration, in the original, of Chekhov's corpus of short stories, with particular attention to how they work and how they work together. Of special concern will be the relationship of this physician/writer's work to late nineteenth-century scientific discourses and epistemological dilemmas.
G6162. Chekhov and the Drama. 3 pts. C. Popkin
A close reading, in the original, of Chekhov's plays, with particular attention to the interplay of formal innovation and thematic preoccupation.
G6190. Early Russian Drama. 3 pts. I. Reyfman
A survey of Russian drama in the original from its beginnings to the early nineteenth century. The reading list includes Simeon Polotsky, Aleksandr Sumarokov, Mikhail Kheraskov, Denis Fonvizin, Vasilii Kapnist, Aleksandr Griboedov, and Aleksandr Pushkin.
G6200. Tsvetaeva and Others. 3pts. L. Knapp
A close reading of the poetry and prose of Marina Tsvetaeva. We will focus on defining what is unique about Tsvetaeva's poetic voice. To this end, we will read not only Tsvetaeva's work but also relevant texts by the poets whose presence is most palpable in her work (Homer, Sappho, Shakespeare, Pushkin, Briusov, Akmatova, Mandel'shtam, Pasternak, and Rilke).
G6202. Pushkin. 3pts. R. Gustafson
The thematic and structural development of the major verse forms—narrative, dramatic, and lyric.
G6204. Reading Turgenev. 3 pts. C. Popkin
A close study, in the original, of a number of Turgenev's works, major and "minor," with an eye to the methodological problems inherent in characterizing an author's oeuvre. We will consider the ways he has been read and situated in the tradition in an effort to identify--or generate--productive modes of reading Turgenev.
G6213. Mandelshtam: The Poet and His Language. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
Examination of various aspects of Mandelshtam’s oeuvre, with special attention to his development, from his early relations to post-symbolism to his gradual incorporation of the ideas and discourses of the post-revolutionary epoch.
G6214. Tolstoy. 3pts. R. Gustafson
The thematic and structural development of Tolstoy’s fiction and its relationship to his moral and aesthetic principles.
G6215. Tolstoy's War and Peace. 3 pts.
A close reading of Tolstoy's War and Peace in the original, along with related works of fiction, criticism, and philosophy. Our aim is to penetrate the stylistic, generic, philosophical, and human complexities of this novel.
G6216. Dostoevsky. 3 pts. R. Belknap
A knowledge of Russian is not required. The major works, their structure, implications, and background.
G6217. Pasternak. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
A comprehensive examination of various genres of Pasternak’s writings and their relations to the poet’s aesthetics, philosophical, and religious views.
G6219. Sinyavsky. 3pts. C. Nepomnyashchy
Prerequisite: a reading knowledge of Russian. Examination of the literary and theoretical works of Andrei Sinyavsky, with particular attention to those works the writer published under the pseudonym Abram Terts.
G6225. History of the Russian Literary Language. 3 pts. B. Gasparov
Prerequisite: Slavic Linguistics G4005, Introduction to Old Church Slavonic. A survey of styles and genres of the Russian written language at major epochs in their development from Kievan Rus through the early twentieth century.
G6431. Russian Women Novelists and the Rise of the Russian Novel. 3 pts.
A close reading of novels and novellas written by Russian women in the nineteenth-century, with attention to broader questions of the theory, form and poetics of the novel, of the politics of literary history, of the feminie imagination. Works by Gan, Pavlova, Tur, Khvoschinskaya, Vovchok, Kovalevskaya, and others, with some attention to the novels of their feminine counterparts in England and France and of their masculine counterparts in Russia.
G6330. Between 1812 and 1848: Russian Romanticism and Its European Contexts. B. Gasparov
A study of Russian Romanticism in the context of its Western European counterparts.
G6501. Acmeism. 3 pts. V. Izmirlieva
A survey of Acmeist aesthetics and a study in the original of major works of the Russian Acmeists: Innokentii Annenskii, Nikolai Gumilev, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelshtam, Mikhail Kuzmin, and Vladislav Khodasevich.
G6505. Post-Stalin Soviet and Russian Contemporary Culture. 3 pts. Staff
The interplay between literature within contemporary Soviet and post-Soviet Russian society as reflected in works of fiction and film of the period. The psychology of Stalinism, the search for personal integrity in the face of a corrupt modern society, materialism versus spirituality in the modern world, and other related topics.
G6512. Utopian Fiction In Russia and Europe. 3 pts.
The development of Utopian fiction in Russia and Europe. Plato, More, Dostoevsky, Zamyatin, Platonov, and Marx.
G6515. Russian Literature and Culture in the Silver Age. 3pts. Staff
G6601. Vladimir Solovyov: Poet and Philosopher. 3 pts. Staff
A study of the relationship between the major literary and philosophical texts, with reference to the relevant psychological, aesthetic and theological issues. Attention to the biographical and historical context and significance.
G8001. Proseminar In Literary Studies. 3 pts.
Required of all candidates for the M.A. degree in Russian, Czech, Ukraine, and Polish literature. Introduction to the theory and practice of literary criticism.
G8036-G8037. Directed Research in Old Russian Literature and Folklore. 3 pts. Staff
G8038-G8039. Directed Research in Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century. 3 pts. Staff
G8040-G8041. Directed Research in Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century. 3 pts. Staff
G8042-G8043. Directed Research in the Modern Period. 3 pts. Staff
G8044-G8045. Directed Research in Russian Literature of the Eighteenth Century. 3 pts. Staff
G9000. Master’s Research Instruction. 3 pts. Staff
Prerequisite: Russian G8001. Required for all M.A. candidates in the Slavic Languages department. Instruction in the preparation of the master’s essay.
W4001. Contemporary East European Literature 4 pts. Staff
Knowledge of language is not required. A seminar focusing on the changes in the literary situation in East European countries that have accompanied and followed the end of the Communist rule. The reading list includes works by representative authors from Poland, the Czech Republlic, Slovakia, Hungary, the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.
W4003. Central European Drama. 3 pts. I. Sanders
The aim of this course is to focus on the (often deceptive) modernity of the modern Central European (i.e., Austrian, Swiss, Hungarian, Polish, Czech) theater. Rrepresentative turn-of-the century, early twentieth-century, as well as post-1945 plays will be examined.
G4027. Within Empires: Literatures of the South Slavs from Beginning to Realism. 3 pts. R. Gorup Readings and discussion of the most important literary texts from Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and Macedonia from the beginning of South Slavic literacy to the 19th century. Topics include religion, literature, art, architechture, and music; empires and wars, issues of history and identity. Major figures include: Vuk Stefanović-Karadžić, Petar Petrović Njegoš, Ivan Mažuranić, Hristo Botev and others. The course is intended for both non-native speakers and native speakers of South Slavic Languages; no knowledge of South Slavic languages required.
G4028. In the Shadow of Empires: Literatures of the South Slavs from Realiam to Today. 3pts R. Gorup Readings and discussion of the most important literary works of South Slavic writers from the second half of the 19th century to the present. Major writers include: Ivan Cankar, Miroslav Krleza, Ivo Andric, Milos Crnjanski, Mesa Selimovic, Danilo Kis, Dubravaka Ugresic, David Albahari, and others. Knowledge of South Slavic languages not required.
W4030. Orthodoxy, Text, Ritual: The Slavic Middle Ages. 3 pts. V. Izmirlieva
A general introduction to the medieval literature of Slavia Orthodoxa, focusing on the relation between medieval text and ritual context. Close reading of selected works against a broad cultural background. Attention to ritual time and space and ritual performance, Eastern Orthodox monasticism and the cult of saints, manuscript vs. printed culture, orthodoxy vs. heteropraxis. Readings are in English (with a parallel reading list in the OCS for the most daring).
G9001. Doctoral Research Seminar. 3 pts. C. Nepomnyashchy
The seminar provides strategic training in how to conduct scholarship in the field, how to conceptualize and plan a dissertation, how to write and defend a dissertation brief, and how to launch research on a dissertation, as well as in related aspects of the profession (including preparing fellowship and grant proposals, publications and conference papers based on dissertation work in progress). Required of students in their fourth year of the doctoral program.
W4021. Introduction to Ukrainian Literature and Culture: Beginnings through the Nineteenth Century. 3 pts. Staff
This course examines the history of the shaping of a distinct Ukrainian literary and cultural tradition and introduces the major figures of the national canon. Some examples from other arts (opera, film, etc.) are also used during the course. Taught in English, but some familiarity with at least one Slavic language is required.
W4022. Introduction to Ukrainian Literature and Culture: The Twentieth Century. 3 pts. Staff
This course examines the turbulent history of Ukrainian literature and culture in the twentieth century, through the abortive renaissance of the 1920s, the short-lived thaw of the 1960s and some contemporary controversies. Some examples from other arts (film, theater, painting) are also used during the course. Taught in English, but some familiarity with at least one Slavic language is required.
G4030. The Missing Link: Cinema and the Emergence of Modern Ukraine. 3 pts.
This course discusses the influence of cinema on the formation of modern Ukrainian identity. An overview of Ukrainian cinema history will be followed by analyses of major Ukrainian Soviet and post-Soviet films and the tension between their Ukrainian and Soviet aspects. Special emphasis on the most recent Ukrainian cinema and its quest to liberate itself from the legacies of the Soviet empire.
W4037. The Aura of Soviet Ukrainian Modernism. 3 pts. M. Andryczyk.
This course studies the renaissance in Ukrainian culture of the 1920s - a period of revolution, experimentation, vibrant expression and polemics. Focusing on the most important developments in literature, as well as on the intellectual debates they inspired, the course will also examine the major achievements in Ukrainian theater, visual art and film as integral components of the cultural spirit that defined the era. Additionally, the course also looks at the subsequent implementation of socialist realism and its impact on Ukrainian culture and on the cultural leaders of the renaissance. The course treats one of the most important periods of Ukrainian culture and examines its lasting impact on taday's Ukraine. This period produced several world-renowned cultural figures, whose connections with 1920s Ukraine have only recently begun to be discussed. The course will be complemented by film screenings, presentations of visual art and rare publications from this period. Enitrely in English with a parallel reading list for those who read Ukrainian.
W4040. Twentieth-Century Ukrainian Prose. 3 pts. Staff
Prerequisite: a reading knowledge of Ukrainian or fluency in another Slavic language. Survey of the major works from the turn of the century through the 1990’s with a brief overview of nineteenth-century Ukrainian prose and its connection to later developments.
W4058. The Ukrainian Cultural Renaissance: 1917-1934. 3 pts. Staff
A course focusing on the literary and cultural politics in Ukraine during the period of relative liberalization and the national revival in 1917-1934. The reading list includes fiction, poetry, drama, films, manifestoes and theoretical and polemical writings by Mykola Khvyl’ovyi, Valerian Pidmohyl’nyi, Mykola Kulish, Mykhail’ Semenko, Pavlo Tychyna, Mykola Zerov, Maksym Ryl’s’kyi, Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Les’ Kurbas and others.
W4060. Cultural Currents and Their Political Context in Twentieth-Century Ukraine. 3 pts. Staff
Prerequisite: a reading knowledge of Ukrainian or fluency in another Slavic language. A survey of the major cultural currents in twentieth-century Ukraine in the context of contemporary political developments, with emphasis on five separate fields: literature, film, theater, music, and art. All readings in English; a knowledge of Ukrainian not required.
W4070. Twentieth-Century Ukrainian Drama. 3 pts. Staff
Prerequisite: a reading knowledge of Ukrainian or fluency in another Slavic language. The main developments in Ukrainian drama from the turn of the century to the present. A discussion of the authors and their works within the context of the various styles active in Ukrainian literature and against the background of the stylistic movements and events in the literature of the West.
W4100. Literatures and Identities In Post-Soviet Ukraine. 3 pts.
The course seeks the connection between literary production and identity construction in present-day Ukraine. Major literary trends and the most representative texts since 1991 are studied, with emphasis on cultural hybridity, bilingualism, and decentralization. Readings include works by Yuri Andrukhovych, Yuri Vynnychuk, Oksana Zabuzhko, Solomea Pavlychko and others.
G8001-G8002. Directed Research in Ukrainian Literature, I and II. 3-4 pts. Staff