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2012-13 Course Catalog

At Bryn Mawr: Russian, 2012-2013

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Description

The Russian major is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with a broad understanding of Russian culture and the Russophone world. The major places a strong emphasis on the development of functional proficiency in the Russian language. Language study is combined with a specific area of concentration to be selected from the fields of Russian literature, history, economics, language/linguistics or area studies.

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Faculty

At Haverford College
Professor Linda G. Gerstein
Professor Vladimir Kontorovich

At Bryn Mawr College
Professor Elizabeth C. Allen
Lecturer Sharon Bain,
Professor Dan E. Davidson (on leave Spring 2013)
Associate Professor Timothy C. Harte, Chair (on leave Fall 2012)
Lecturer and Instructional Assistant Natasha Hayes
Lecturer Marina Rojavin
Instructional Assistant Ekaterina Tarkhanova

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Major Requirements

A total of 10 courses is required to complete the major: two in Russian language at the 200 level or above; four in the area of concentration, two at the 200 level and two at the 300 level or above (for the concentration in area studies, the four courses must be in four different fields); three in Russian fields outside the area of concentration; and either RUSS 398, (Senior Essay), or RUSS 399, (Senior Conference).

Majors are encouraged to pursue advanced language study in Russia in summer-, semester- or year-long academic programs. Majors may also take advantage of intensive immersion language courses offered during the summer by the Bryn Mawr Russian Language Institute. As part of the requirement for RUSS 398/399, all Russian majors take senior comprehensive examinations that cover the area of concentration and Russian language competence.

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Minor Requirements

Students wishing to minor in Russian must complete six units at the 100 level or above, two of which must be in the Russian language.

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Requirements for Honors

All Russian majors are considered for departmental honors at the end of their senior year. The awarding of honors is based on a student’s overall academic record and all work done in the major.

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Courses

RUSS B001 Elementary Russian Intensive

D.Davidson, N.Hayes
Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work. Offered in Fall 2012.

RUSS B002 Elementary Russian Intensive

D.Davidson, N.Hayes
Study of basic grammar and syntax. Fundamental skills in speaking, reading, writing and oral comprehension are developed. Eight hours a week including conversation sections and language laboratory work. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B101 Intermediate Russian

S.Bain, N.Hayes
Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Seven hours a week. Offered in Fall 2012.

RUSS B102 Intermediate Russian

S.Bain, N.Hayes
Continuing development of fundamental skills with emphasis on vocabulary expansion in speaking and writing. Readings in Russian classics and contemporary works. Seven hours a week. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B112 The Great Questions of Russian Literature

Staff
This course examines profound questions about the nature and purpose of human existence raised by preeminent 19th- and 20th-century Russian authors in major literary works, including Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, Chekhov’s The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard, Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and Turgenev’s Sketches from a Hunter’s Album. Discussions address the definition of good and evil, the meaning of freedom, the role of rationality and the irrational in human behavior, and the relationship of art to life. No knowledge of Russian is required. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B115 The Golden Age of Russian Literature

Staff
An introduction to the great 19th-century Russian authors and some of their most famous, seminal works, including Pushkin’s “The Queen of Spades” and Eugene Onegin, Gogol’s The Inspector General and “The Overcoat”, Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons, Dostoevksy’s “The Double” and “White Nights” and Tolstoy’s Childhood, Boyhood and Youth. All readings, lectures, and discussions are conducted in English. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B120 Russian Memoirs: Seeking Freedom Within Boundaries

Staff
This course examines memoirs by Russian women who either have spent time as political or wartime prisoners or have challenged socially constructed boundaries through their choice of profession. Students will explore the socio-historical contexts in which these women lived and the ways in which they created new norms in extraordinary circumstances. No knowledge of Russian is required. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B125 Monsters and Masterpieces: Russia’s Age of Enlightenment

Staff
This course explores Russia’s first museums and research institutions, such as Peter I’s Kunstkamera, the Academy of Sciences and the Hermitage. It examines the ways they transformed Russia’s intellectual and cultural landscape by challenging deeply rooted beliefs about God and the natural world during the Russian Enlightenment. No knowledge of Russian is required. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B201 Advanced Russian

M.Rojavin
Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week. Offered in Fall 2012.

RUSS B202 Advanced Russian

M.Rojavin
Intensive practice in speaking and writing skills using a variety of modern texts and contemporary films and television. Emphasis on self-expression and a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax. Five hours a week. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B212 Russian Modernism—Silver Age

Staff
This is a topics course. Topics vary. All readings, lectures and discussions in English. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B215 Russian Avant-Garde Art, Literature and Film (Cross-listed as HART-B215)

Staff
This course focuses on Russian avant-garde painting, literature and cinema at the start of the 20th century. Moving from Imperial Russian art to Stalinist aesthetics, we explore the rise of non-objective painting (Malevich, Kandinsky, etc.), ground-breaking literature (Bely, Mayakovsky), and revolutionary cinema (Vertov, Eisenstein). No knowledge of Russian required. Counts towards Film Studies. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B221 The Serious Play of Pushkin and Gogol

Staff
This course explores major contributions to the modern Russian literary tradition by its two founding fathers, Aleksander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol. Comparing short stories, plays, novels and letters written by these pioneering artists, the course addresses Pushkin’s and Gogol’s shared concerns about human freedom, individual will, social injustice and artistic autonomy, which each author expressed through his own distinctive filter of humor and playfulness. No knowledge of Russian is required. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B223 Russian and East European Folklore

Staff
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to major issues in Russian and East European folklore including epic tales, fairy tales, calendar and life-cycle rituals, and folk beliefs. The course also presents different theoretical approaches to the interpretation of folk texts as well as emphasizes the influence of folklore on literature, music and art. No knowledge of Russian is required. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS H225 Dostoevsky: Daydreams and Nightmares HU

E.Allen
A survey of novels, novellas and short stories highlighting Dostoevsky’s conception of human creativity and imagination. Texts prominently portraying dreams, fantasies, delusions and visual and aural hallucinations, as well as artists and artistic creations, permit exploration of Dostoevsky’s fundamental aesthetic, psychological, and moral beliefs. Readings include The Brothers Karamazov, The Double, “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” “The Gentle Creature,” The Idiot, Notes from Underground and White Nights. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B235 The Social Dynamics of Russian

N.Hayes
An examination of the social factors that influence the language of Russian conversational speech, including contemporary Russian media (films, television and the Internet). Basic social strategies that structure a conversation are studied, as well as the implications of gender and education on the form and style of discourse. Prerequisites: RUSS 201, 202, may be taken concurrently. Offered in Fall 2012..

RUSS B238 The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945 Silent Film: From the United States to Soviet Russia and Beyond (Cross-listed as ENGL B238, COML B238 and HART B238)

Staff
This course will explore cinema from its earliest, most primitive beginnings up to the end of the silent era. While the course will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical aspects of cinema, the primary aim is to look at films analytically. Emphasis will be on the various artistic methods that went into the direction and production of a variety of celebrated silent films from around the world. These films will be considered in many contexts: artistic, historical, social and even philosophical, so that students can develop a deeper understanding of silent cinema’s rapid evolution. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B253 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities (Cross-listed as ITAL B213, COML B213, ENGL B213, FREN B213, GERM B213, HART B213 and PHIL B253)

Staff
An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B254 Russian Culture & Civilization

S.Bain
A history of Russian culture—its ideas, value and belief systems—from the origins to the present that integrates the examination of works of literature, art and music. Offered in Fall 2012.

RUSS B258 Soviet and East European Cinema of the 1960s: War, Politics and Gender Conflicts

T.Harte
This course examines 1960s Soviet and Eastern European “New Wave” cinema, which won worldwide acclaim through its treatment of war, gender and aesthetics. Films from Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Yugoslavia will be viewed and analyzed, accompanied by readings on film history and theory. All films shown with subtitles; no knowledge of Russian or previous study of film required. Counts towards Film Studies. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B261 The Russian Anti-Novel (Cross-listed as COML B261)

Staff
A study of 19th- and 20th-century Russian novels focusing on their strategies of opposing or circumventing European literary conventions. Works by Bulgakov, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Pushkin and Tolstoy are compared to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and other exemplars of the Western novelistic tradition. All readings, lectures, and discussions in English. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B271 Chekhov: Stories and Plays in Trans

T.Harte
A study of the themes, structure and style of Chekhov’s major short stories and plays. The course will also explore the significance of Chekhov’s prose and drama in the English-speaking world, where this masterful Russian writer is the most staged playwright after Shakespeare. All readings and lectures in English. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B277 Nabokov in Translation (Cross-listed as ENGL B277)

Staff
A study of Vladimir Nabokov’s writings in various genres, focusing on his fiction and autobiographical works. The continuity between Nabokov’s Russian and English works is considered in the context of the Russian and Western literary traditions. All readings and lectures in English. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B305 Advanced Russian: Syntax and Style

Staff
This course focuses on stylistic variations in oral and written Russian. Examples are drawn from contemporary film, television, journalism, fiction and nonfiction. Emphasis is on expansion and refinement of speaking and writing skills. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B306 Advanced Russian: Syntax and Style

Staff
This course focuses on stylistic variations in oral and written Russian. Examples are drawn from contemporary film, television, journalism, fiction and nonfiction. Emphasis is on expansion and refinement of speaking and writing skills. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B309 Russian Language and Culture Through Interactive Learning

Staff
A course in which Russian students of English and Tri-Co students of Russian learn from each other through guided discussions on topics chosen by the instructor. Tri-Co students are required to attend weekly meetings with the instructor. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B321 Serious Play of Pushkin & Gogol

Staff
This course explores major contributions to the modern Russian literary tradition by its two founding fathers, Aleksander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol. Comparing short stories, plays, novels and letters written by these pioneering artists, the course addresses Pushkin’s and Gogol’s shared concerns about human freedom, individual will, social injustice and artistic autonomy, which each author expressed through his own distinctive filter of humor and playfulness. The course is taught jointly with RUSS 221; students enrolled in 321 will meet with the instructor for an additional hour to study texts in the original Russian. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B343 Russian Avant-Garde Culture: 1890 —1935

Staff
This seminar focuses on the radical, “avant-garde” transformations that occurred in Russian culture at the beginning of the 20th century. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the interaction of artists in a variety of media resulted in one of Russian culture’s most innovative periods. Seminar discussion will cover the painting, poetry, prose, music, ballet and film produced in Russia between 1890 and 1932. Topics include Russia’s reevaluation of its cultural heritage through neo-primitive art; the Russian avant-garde’s mystical, Eastern underpinnings; the primacy of music for avant-garde artists; and the emergence of abstract, dynamic art. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B375 Language and Identity Politics of Language in Europe and Eurasia

D.Davidson
A brief general introduction to the study of language policy and planning with special emphasis on the Russophone world, the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Surveys current theoretical approaches to bilingualism and language shift. Analyzes Soviet language and nationality policy using published census data for the Soviet period through 1989. Focus on the current “language situation” and policy challenges for the renewal of functioning native languages and cultures and maintenance of essential language competencies, lingua franca, both within the Russian Federation and in the “Near Abroad.” Offered in Fall 2012.

RUSS B380 Seminar in Russian Studies: Flagship Russian

N.Hayes
An examination of a focused topic in Russian literature such as a particular author, genre, theme or decade. Introduces students to close reading and detailed critical analysis of Russian literature in the original language. Readings in Russian. Some discussions and lectures in Russian. Prerequisites: RUSS 201 and one 200-level Russian literature course. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B390 Russian for Pre-Professionals I

M.Rojavin
This capstone to the overall language course sequence is designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency in Russian to the advanced level or higher, preparing students to carry out academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Prerequisite: study abroad in Russia for at least one summer, preferably one semester; and/or certified proficiency levels of “advanced-low” or “advanced-mid” in two skills, one of which must be oral proficiency. Offered in Fall 2012.

RUSS B391 Russian for Pre-Professionals II

M.Rojavin
Second part of year long capstone language sequence designed to develop linguistic and cultural proficiency to the “advanced level,” preparing students to carry out advanced academic study or research in Russian in a professional field. Prerequisite: RUSS 390 or equivalent. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B398 Senior Essay

Staff
Independent research project designed and conducted under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. May be undertaken in either fall or spring semester of senior year. Not offered 2012-2013.

RUSS B399 Senior Conference

S.Bain
Exploration of an interdisciplinary topic in Russian culture. Topic varies from year to year. Requirements may include short papers, oral presentations and examinations. Offered in Spring 2013.

RUSS B403 Supervised Work

D.Davidson/E.Allen
Offered in Fall 2012.

RUSS H480 Independent Study

D.Davidson
Offered in Spring 2013.

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