Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures

Russian Graduate Courses

201A-201B-201C. Russian: Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Style. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 102C. Conducted in Russian. Reading and analysis of texts with focus on vocabulary, pronunciation, and style, respectively, in three consecutive terms. S/U or letter grading.

204. Introduction to History of Russian Literary Language. (4) Lecture, three hours. Requisites: course 220A, Slavic 201. Required for MA (linguistics) and PhD (literature). Evolution of literary Russian from the 11th to 20th centuries. Analysis of texts. S/U or letter grading.

211A. Literature of Medieval Rus’. (4) Lecture, three hours. Required for MA (literature). Survey of the literature from its beginning through the Kievan and Muscovite periods up to end of the 17th century.

211B. 18th-Century Russian Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Required for MA (literature). Lectures and readings in major and secondary writers. Analysis of related literary works.

212A-212B. 19th-Century Russian Literature. (4-4) Lecture, three hours. S/U or letter grading:

212A. Golden Age. Lecture, three hours. (4) Required for MA (literature). Survey of major literary movements and schools following demise of neoclassicism: sentimental school, early and late Romanticism, and beginnings of natural school. Discussion of representative works of Karamzin, Zhukovsky, Batyushkov, Pushkin, Baratynsky, Lermontov, Gogol. S/U or letter grading.

212B. Age of Realism. Lecture, three hours. (4) Required for MA (literature). Survey devoted to emergence of critical and psychological realism, beginning with early works of Turgenev, Goncharov, and Dostoevsky, moving to major novels of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Saltykov-Shchedrin, and concluding with works of the presymbolist period, especially short stories of Chekhov. S/U or letter grading.

213A. 20th-Century Russian Literature, 1890 to 1929. (4) Lecture, three hours. Required for MA (literature). Lectures and readings in major literary trends of modernist period, such as decadence, symbolism, futurism, acmeism, and ornamental school. Analysis of representative works by Blok, Belyj, Khlebnikov, Pasternak, Platonov, and others. S/U or letter grading.

213B. 20th-Century Russian Literature, 1930 to 1989. (4) Lecture, three hours. Required for MA (literature). Lectures and readings in major literary trends, including socialist realism, The Thaw, and second- and third-wave emigration. S/U or letter grading.

214. Contemporary Russian Literature. (4) Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 213A, 213B. Required for PhD (literature). Close readings in selected texts of poetry and prose, metropolitan and emigre, of recent vintage. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

220A-220B. Structure of Modern Russian. (4-4) Lecture, three hours. S/U or letter grading. 220A. Required for MA (literature, linguistics). Survey of basic concepts and categories (graphics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse). 220B. Requisite: course 220A. Required for MA (linguistics). Selected problems and approaches in structure of Russian.

C224C. Studies in Russian Literature: Chekhov. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Survey of short stories, novellas, and major plays (The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard), with discussion of Russian and American productions. Concurrently scheduled with course C124C. S/U or letter grading.

C224D. Studies in Russian Literature: Dostoevsky. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. In-depth reading of major fictional works such as Crime and Punishment, Notes from the Underground, and The Brothers Karamazov. Concurrently scheduled with course C124D. S/U or letter grading.

C224G. Studies in Russian Literature: Gogol. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Short stories, novel Dead Souls, and selected plays. Concurrently scheduled with course C124G. S/U or letter grading.

C224P. Studies in Russian Literature: Pushkin. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Major works in all genres, including lyric poetry, narrative poems, plays, prose fiction, and selected letters. Concurrently scheduled with course C124P. S/U or letter grading.

C224T. Studies in Russian Literature: Tolstoy. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Early and late stories and novellas, excerpts from the diaries and one major novel such as War and Peace or Anna Karenina. Concurrently scheduled with course C124T. S/U or letter grading.

C240. Russian Folklore. (3 to 5) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. General introduction to Russian folklore, including survey of genres and related folkloric phenomena. Concurrently scheduled with course C170. S/U or letter grading.

264. History of the Russian Literary Language. (4) Lecture, three hours. Requisites: course 204, Slavic 201. Evolution of literary Russian from the 11th to 20th century. Lectures and analysis of texts.

270. Russian Poetics. (4) Lecture, three hours. Introduction to technical study of Russian poetics and versification, with attention to metrics, stanza forms, rhyme, and development of various verse types from the 18th into the 20th century.

C277. Studies in Russian Literature: Nabokov. (4) Lecture, three hours. Lectures and readings in English. Russian novelist (The Gift), American novelist (Lolita), autobiographer (Speak Memory), and critic. Concurrently scheduled with course C124N. S/U or letter grading.

292. Seminar: 19th-Century Russian Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Requisites: courses 212A, 212B. Selected authors and works from 19th-century poetry, prose, and drama. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor and graduate adviser.

293. Seminar: 20th-Century Russian Literature. (4) Seminar, three hours. Requisite: course 213A. Selected authors and works from 20th-century poetry, prose, and drama. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor and graduate adviser. S/U or letter grading.

294. Seminar: Russian Literary Criticism. (4) Seminar, three hours. Requisites: courses 211B, 212A, 212B, 213A. Detailed study of specific school of literary criticism, single literary critic, or period in Russian literary history as reflected in literary criticism. Simultaneous or similar phenomena in literary criticism in West. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor and graduate adviser. S/U or letter grading.

296. Seminar: History of Russian Culture. (4) Discussion, three hours. Reading and discussion on selected topics in history of Russian culture.