Russian Studies

Fall Quarter

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This course focuses on speaking, comprehension, reading and writing, with emphasis on the spoken language. In addition the students receive an introduction to Russian social and cultural life. Class work includes weekly sessions in the language laboratory, computer exercises and quizzes. Assignments will consist of written exercises, reading and translation, and oral preparation for classes. Instructions are given in English. Open to non-majors.
This course focuses on mastering the basics of Russian grammar and developing written and oral skills. Students will read excerpts from Russian newspapers and from literary texts, watch videos and compose essays on specific topics. Prerequisite: Russian 1C or placement exam. Instructions are given both in English and Russian. Open to non-majors.
Soviet Animation from the 1960s to the 1990s, that is, from the Cold War to Glasnost', was far from child's play. Animation in the former Soviet Union was a medium that allowed for the creation of life other than Soviet reality, despite the strict censorship of ideas during this time period. This course proposes to explore the concepts of the dual audience, ritualized master plots, Disneyfication, and montage. Students will also be introduced to the role of the KGB, the Soviet Underground, International Animation Festivals, the Soiuzmultfilm Animation Studio, and the Communist Party in the creation of animation. Students will become familiarized with the necessary technological aspects of animation, from stop-motion films to CGI, including scripts, storyboards, hand-drawn cells, the role of music and the intertextual relation of other arts and literature to this medium. The animated films will be presented thematically.
In this course, we will study major works, authors, genres and movements in 19th-century Russian literature, with emphasis on the classic works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov. In addition to examining each author's distinctive style and contribution to Russian and world literature, we will explore a number of critical themes that have come to define the 19th-century Russian intellectual discourse: the rise of the Russian Empire and its encounter with East and West; the haunting duality of Russian urban and rural life; and the role of the Russian nobility and intelligentsia in Russia's cultural and socio-political transformation; the role of women; and others.