RUS 201 Intermediate Russian

Professor: L. Watton

CRN: 91633 Distribution: D

Time: M T W Th 9:30 am ­ 10:20 am OLIN 303

In addition to reviewing the basic principles of Russian morphology and syntax, this second­year Russian course pursues major topics in the pragmatics of Russian, such as verbal aspect, prefixation, and speech etiquette. Videos and a variety of original texts will be incorporated to further the goals of comprehension and practical proficiency.

RUS 210 Russian History on the Opera Stage

Professor: M. Kostalevsky

CRN: 91756 Distribution: n/a

Time: T 1:20 pm ­ 3:20 pm OLIN 304

Cross-listed: Music

In the context of Russian culture opera stands as the main genre for representing the musical character of the nation. Moreover, in the 19th century opera became the art form for the study of the nation's history. This course will offer students an opportunity to explore Russian history and literature through the medium of Russian opera. Its framework will cover historical events from the 9th to the 20th century. Study material will include literary texts, musical recordings, video, and films. The course is open to first-year students. No knowledge of Russian or training in music is required. All reading assignments are in English. Each student is expected to give an oral presentation and write a term paper on topics pertaining to Russian history, literature, and/or music.

RUS 404 The Golden Age of Russian Literature

Professor: M. Petrova

CRN: 91634 Distribution: n/a

Time:M W 1:20 pm ­ 2:40 pm OLIN 302

(conducted in Russian) This course is open to all upper­level students willing to continue their study of the Russian language and culture through poetry and prose. We will start with Russian Romantic prose and poetry of the first half of the nineteenth century, known as the golden age, and continue with an analysis of the origin and character of realist prose up to the 1880's. Close reading of short works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev and extracts from Dostoevsky.

NOTE: The Russian Intensive Program will be offered in January, 1997. Russian 101 is, therefore, not being offered this semester.


The Russian Intensive sequence provides the student who has no previous experience in Russian with the equivalent of 2 years of college Russian, in the course of the January Field Period, the spring semester, and a June program of study and travel at St. Petersburg University. The course introduces and activates the phonetic, grammatical, and syntactic foundations of contemporary spoken and written Russian. Audio-visual materials will be utilized. The June program in St. Petersburg includes 24 hours a week of Russian language classes, and an extensive cultural program of museum visits, theater performances and concerts, as well as tours of the environs of St. Petersburg. Successful completion of this program qualifies the student to pursue advanced Russian study as St. Petersburg State University in the Fall '97 semester, as well as advanced language study and cross-disciplinary tutorials at Bard. Russian 101 (January 1997, 4 credits) and Russian 102-201 (Spring 1997, 8 credits) are indivisible courses. The June course carries four credits. Financial aid will be made available for qualified students.

For further information please contact Lindsay Watton or Marina Petrova. Although formal registration for the Russian Intensive Program will not take place until November, interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Professors Watton and Petrova as soon as possible.