RUS  101   

 Beginning Russian

Olga Voronina

M T W Th .

8:50 am -9:50 am



A course for students with little or no previous knowledge of Russian that introduces the fundamentals of the spoken and written language as well as Russian culture. We will emphasize conversation, reading, and written proficiency and encourage creative expression in autobiographical and fictional compositions. Audio-visual materials will be an integral part of the learning process. In addition to regular class meetings, students are required to attend a one-hour-per-week tutorial. Beginning Russian will be followed by an intensive 8-credit course in the spring semester and a 4-credit summer language and culture program in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Class size: 22



RUS  206   

 Continuing Russian

Marina Kostalevsky

. T W Th .

11:40 am -12:40 pm



This course is designed to continue refining and engaging students' practice of speaking, reading, and writing Russian. Students will expand their vocabulary and range of stylistic nuance by writing regular response papers and presenting oral reports. Increasing oral proficiency is a primary aim of this course, as well as developing reading and viewing strategies appropriate to the widest variety of written texts and Russian television and film. We will focus on the syntax of the complex Russian sentence and on grammatical nuances. The class will be conducted in Russian.  Class size: 14



RUS  225   

 THE Art of THE  Russian Avant-Garde (1900-1934)

Oleg Minin

. T . Th .

10:10 am -11:30 am

OLIN 102


Cross-listed: Art History  This course will address major developments in Russian modern and avant-grade art in the first three decades of the 20th c. The course is multidisciplinary and  will allow students to study particular movements, ideas and seminal names from Vrubel’ and Symbolism to Tatlin and Constructivism. Students will gain an insight into the aesthetic, theoretical and cultural concerns of the practitioners of Russian experimental arts that will supplement and enhance their knowledge of the more familiar movements in modern art history. This course aims to offer students an important methodology and context for the appreciation of the intrinsic evolution of Russian visual culture and its contribution to the international art arena. Major paintings, applied designs and architectural monuments form the visual material essential to this course, and they will be examined in chronological sequence. These artifacts will be described and analyzed for their own sake and also as symbols and manifestations of social, political, and philosophical developments in Russian modern history.   Class size: 22



RUS/LIT  231   

 St. Petersburg: City, Monument, Text

Olga Voronina

. T . Th .

1:30 pm -2:50 pm

OLIN 201


Cross-listed:  Environmental & Urban Studies; Literature; Russian & Eurasian Studies  Emperors, serfs, merchants, and soldiers built St. Petersburg, but it was the writers who put it on the cultural map of the world. Founded on the outskirts of the empire, the city served as a missing link between “enlightened” Europe and “barbaric” Asia, between the turbulent past of the Western civilization and its uncertain future. Considered to be too cold, too formal, too imperial on the outside, St. Petersburg harbored revolutionary ideas and terrorist movements that threatened to explode from within. While its granite quays were erected to withstand the assault of the floods, some of its most famous monuments, including literary works, resisted the onset of new, radical ideologies.   In this course, we will study the conflicting nature of the city as reflected in literature and literary criticism. The poems and novels on our reading list will provide a sweeping overview of Russia’s literary canon in the 19th and 20th centuries, from Pushkin to Dostoevsky and from Gogol to Bely and Nabokov. After exploring Queen of Spades, Crime and Punishment, and Anna Karenina, we will move on to Petersburg and The Defense, thus undertaking a journey through Russia’s literary tradition and the urban landscape of the north with the authors who either reconstructed St. Petersburg in their memory or re-visited it in their imaginations. Class size: 22



RUS  315   

 AdvANCED Russian THROUGH Reading & Writing

Oleg Minin

M T W . .

3:10 pm -4:10 pm



Advanced Russian through the nineteenth- and twentieth-century prose and poetry is designed for students with at least two years of study of the language and for heritage speakers who wish to review their knowledge of grammar and practice reading and speaking Russian. The course aims to build the students' vocabulary and improve their morphology and syntax through a variety of written and oral exercises as well as structured conversation. Literary texts by Russia's leading writers will help us build narrative and conceptual proficiency. They will contribute to such important areas of language study as creative composition, talking about emotions and identity, and becoming familiar with Russia's traditions and culture.  Class size: 15



RUS  409   

 Russian Poetry

Marina Kostalevsky

. T . Th .

3:10 pm -4:30 pm

OLIN 107


This course covers a historical study of Russian versification, a study of the technical aspects of poetry, structural analysis of poetic texts and translation of selected poems. Poets include Pushkin, Lermontov, Baratynsky, Tiutchev, Fet, Blok, Balmont, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva, Pasternak, Mayakovsky, Tarkovsky, Brodsky, Rein, Schwarts and others. Conducted in Russian.  Class size: 15