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Russian

Credits:
4

Elementary grammar, reading, and conversation, supplemented by materials on Russian culture.

Credits:
4

Elementary grammar, reading, and conversation, supplemented by materials on Russian culture.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F10

Intermediate grammar and continued training in conversation and composition, supplemented by materials on contemporary developments in russian society.  Reading of Russian texts of graded difficulty, intermediate writing.

Prerequisites:
Credits:
4

Intermediate grammar and continued training in conversation and composition, supplemented by materials on contemporary developments in Russian society.
Reading of Russian texts of graded difficulty, intermediate writing.

Prerequisites:
Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1, F4

This course examines the distinct world-consciousness of Russian religious thought, with its emphases on the themes of God, good and evil, the search for divine justice on Earth, the material world as sanctified, and the moral content of spiritualized beauty.  Reading materials will be taken from the religio-philosophical writings of distinguished thinkers, Orthodox presentations of major points of dogmatic theology, and monastic wisdom past and present.  All works are read in English translation.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F10, F11

A 3-4 week guided encounter with the language and culture aimed at solidifying vocabulary and grammar previously acquired. A
significant cultural component is part of the course. Takes place in May-June.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F2i, F4

Reading of representative works by major Russian writers of the nineteenth century (including Pushkin, Pavlova, Gogol, Goncharov,
Soboleva, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky). The literary works include Eugene Onegin, supernatural tales by Gogol, Oblomov, The
Cossacks, Notes from Underground, and Fathers and Children. These works will be studied for their individual merit, what they
illuminate about nineteenth-century Russian society, and their contribution to the rise of the Russian novel. All works are read in
translation.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, F9

Study of the aesthetic, thematic, and personal connections among three of Russia’s towering figures: Vladimir Soloviev, Alexander Blok,
and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The course will examine in depth the creative works of the philosopher-poet Soloviev, the poet-dramatist
Blok, and the composer-pianist Rachmaninoff (for whom poetry was second only to music). Master themes and global concepts linking
the three creative artists include the yearning for harmony; exploration of Russian Orthodox religiosity; elevation of the –eternal
feminineî of Sophia (the body of God); and connection between beauty and goodness. Representative philosophical, poetic, and musical
works, respectively, of the three artists will be examined. Offered in alternate years.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5, F9

In this course students investigate the Italian-Russian connections in three major areas of cultural production during the reign of
Catherine the Great: music, literature, and architecture. Creative thinkers whose works will be studied include Bortnyansky, Paisiello,
Casanova, Beccaria, Rastrelli, and Quarenghi. Students will learn features of the European and Russian Enlightenments, study the
intricacies of Russian court culture, and explore the institution of patronage. The course aims to develop an understanding of crosscultural
fertilization and some major differences between Mediterranean and Slavic cultures. It is complemented by an optional, though
highly recommended, three-week study trip to Italy and Russia (See Russian 256). Offered in alternate years.

Credits:
0-1
Degree Requirements:
F11

This Maymester program examines the musical, literary, and architectural connections between Italy and Russia during the reign of
Catherine the Great. It takes participants to three cities: Rome, Milan, and St. Petersburg. In Rome students will attend lectures at
LUMSA (university adjacent to the Vatican), attend a musical performance at the Teatro dell’Opera, visit places associated with
Giacomo Casanova, and investigate architectural monuments by Italian architects whom Catherine attracted to Russia. In Milan
participants will attend an opera at the Teatro all Scala and visit sites associated with Cesare Beccaria. In St. Petersburg students will
attend performances in the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre, and will study major architectural
ensembles. Takes place in May and June.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F9

This course explores a wide array of important media, print, and filmic sources that are underrepresented in Western narratives about contemporary Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.  Students utilize the study of these materials in order to better understand Russia today, and specifically to gain an awareness of how the media can manipulate public opinion. While calling attention to media techniques of bias, the course serves as an entry to contemporary Russian culture, providing observers of Russia with a fuller understanding of her geopolitical perspectives and vision for the twenty-first century.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F4, F9

This course explores selected works by Dostoevsky in the context of the rise of the Russian novel. The course will examine in depth
several short works by the writer, as well as the novels The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Concentration is on the major literary,
philosophical, and religious issues Dostoevsky raises in his prose, as well as how these issues better enable us to understand the Russian
mind. All works are read in translation. Offered in alternate years.  Scheduled for Fall 2017.

Credits:
4

Advanced grammar, with greater emphasis on the refinement of conversation and composition skills. Discussion of topics related to
contemporary life in Russia.

Prerequisites:
Credits:
4

Advanced grammar, with greater emphasis on the refinement of conversation and composition skills. Discussion of topics related to
contemporary life in Russia.

Prerequisites:
Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F11

A 3-4 week guided encounter with the language and culture aimed at solidifying vocabulary and grammar previously acquired. A
significant cultural component is part of the course. Takes place in May-June.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F5

Introduction to the ideological and aesthetic forces that have shaped the development of Soviet/Russian film, with particular attention to
various film theories. Films of major directors, such as Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky, Kulidzhanov, and Sokurov will be studied. All
films are subtitled; course is taught in English. (Cross-listed with English 382.) Offered in alternate years.

Credits:
4

This course aims to teach students the strategies of understanding texts of high literary quality by analyzing elements of given texts in
their complexity. While focusing mainly on psycho-poetic aspects of reading activity, the course also introduces formal approaches to
text analysis, such as identifying the stylistic devices and expressive means employed by the authors.

Credits:
4

Students will be assigned individual research topics associated with the essential concept of the Russian Idea, give weekly progress
reports, which will involve analytical discussion, and present their results orally and in writing at the end of the course. Special attention
will be given to assigned readings from the Russian press and from Russian literature.

Credits:
4-8

  

Credits:
4-8