RUS  106   

 Russian Intensive

Marina Kostalevsky

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OLIN 307


8 credits   This intensive course is designed as a continuation for students who have completed Beginning Russian 101. Our focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills continues through cultural context, video materials, songs, and literary analysis. This course culminates in a 4-week June program in St. Petersburg, where students will attend classes (earning an additional 4 credits) and participate in a cultural program while living in Russian families. Successful completion of the intensive sequence qualifies the student to pursue semester or yearlong study in St. Petersburg at Smolny College of the Liberal Arts, a joint educational venture of Bard and St. Petersburg University.  Class size: 18



RUS  220   

 Appointment with Dr. Chekhov

Marina Kostalevsky

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Cross-listed:  Russian and Eurasian Studies    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov began writing simply to earn much needed money while studying to become a doctor at Moscow University.  His connection to the medical profession, and the natural sciences, is not mere biographical fact.  As Chekhov himself later admitted, "there is no doubt that my study of medicine strongly affected my work in literature." Moreover, he claimed that "the writer must be as objective as the chemist."  This course will give students the opportunity to analyse how Dr. Chekhov's "general theory of objectivity" impacted his writing and how his "treatment" of human nature and social issues, of love and family, all the big and “little things in life,” has brought an entirely new dimension to Russian literature and culture.  Readings include Chekhov's prose, plays, and letters.  Also, attention will be given to contemporary interpretations of his work, new biographical research, and productions of his plays on stage and screen. Conducted in English. Class size: 18



RUS  321   

 Russian in Academic Context

Oleg Minin

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11:30am- 12:30pm



Designed to accommodate the needs of advanced second- and third-year students of Russian, this course focuses on such aspects of communication in the Russian academic context as listening comprehension, clarity and stylistic variety of self-expression in oral speech and in writing, and idiomatic competence. The readings include non-fiction texts representing academic writing in a wide array of disciplines, from political studies to art history, and from psychology to environmental and urban studies, as well as poetry and fiction. The goal of the course is to help students acquire vocabulary and build language skills that will allow them to participate in a semester-long program at a Russian college or university as well as conduct independent research in Russian.  Class size: 15



RUS  416   

 THE Language OF THE Russian SILVER AGE AND Avant-Garde

Oleg Minin

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This course provides insight into the language, innovative linguistic experimentations, theoretical expositions and thematic preoccupations of writers, poets and artists personifying major literary and artistic movements of the Russian Silver Age and Avant-Garde. It advances by examination of particular works, ideas and “isms” of the period (e.g. Symbolism, Cubo - and Ego-Futurism, Trans-sense poetry (Zaum’), Acmeism, Imagism and OBERIU) and covers a period roughly corresponding to the first three decades of the 20th c. Conducted in Russian, the course also aims to enhance students’ understanding of Russian grammar in context, acquisition of advanced vocabulary, critical thinking, writing and speaking.  Class size: 15