RUS 202 Intermediate Russian

Professor: L. Watton

CRN: 11614

Distribution: D

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

In addition to reviewing the basic principles of Russian morphology and syntax, this second-year 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 206 Russian Intensive

Professor: M. Petrova/L. Watton

CRN: 11615

Distribution: D

Time: M Tu W Th 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 308

The Russian Intensive sequence provides the student who has no previous experience in Russian with the equivalent of two years of college Russian, in the course of the January Field Period, the spring semester, and a June program at St. Petersburg State University. The course introduces and activates the phonetic, grammatical, and syntactic foundations of coontemporary 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 Petersburg. Successful completion of this program qualifies the student to pursue advanced Russian study at St. Petersburg State University in a fall semester exchange program, as well as advanced language study and cross-disciplinary tutorials at Bard. Russian 101 (January 1997, 4 credits) and Russian 206 (Spring 1997, 8 credits) are indivisible courses. The June course carries an additional 4 credits.


RUS 405 Twentieth Century Russian Drama

Professor: L. Watton

CRN: 11616

Distribution: B/D

Time: W 1:20 pm - 3:20 pm OLIN 303

Conducted in Russian. This course is open to all upper-level Russian students and consists of close readings, discussions, and performances of selected twentieth-century Russian plays. In Spring '97 we will focus on two exemplars of Russia's theater of the absurd: Daniil Kharms' Elizaveta Bam (1926) and Alexander Vvedensky's Elka u Ivanovykh (Christmas at the Ivanovs) (1938) and, time permitting, Evgenii Shvarts' allegorical political fairy tale Drakon (The Dragon) (1942-44). Of special concern will be the dramatic and linguistic (il)logic of the absurd and the political background of nascent and high Stalinism.