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Russian Graduate Courses

RUSS 401: Fourth Year Russian I

Credit:  3 hours.

Practice in advanced speaking, listening, reading, and writing, based upon reading selected from current fiction and non- fiction, and covering a wide variety of styles: literary, conversational, scientific, etc. Course taught in Russian. Students are expected to write essays and give oral reports based on what they read in class and on their outside interests. Prerequisite: Three years of college Russian or consent of instructor.

RUSS 402: Fourth Year Russian II

Credit:  3 hours.

Practice in advanced speaking, listening, reading, and writing, based upon reading selected from current fiction and non- fiction, and covering a wide variety of styles: literary, conversational, scientific, etc. Course taught in Russian. Students are expected to write essays and give oral reports based on what they read in class and on their outside interests. Prerequisite: RUSS 401 or consent of instructor.

RUSS 407: Structure of Russian

Credit:  3 hours.

The syntax and morphology of modern Russian. Prerequisite: Three years of Russian or consent of instructor.

RUSS 408: Russ Phonetics & Pronunciation

Credit:  3 hours.

Study of the Russian sound system; training in the improvement of pronunciation and intonation. Prerequisite: Three years of Russian or consent of instructor.

RUSS 418: 18th Century Literature

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Reading of texts; historical and literary background of the period. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

RUSS 424: Russian Modernism

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Representative works of the period 1880 to 1917, with emphasis on Chekhov, Gorky, and Blok; readings for non-majors and class discussions in English. Same as CWL 457. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

RUSS 438: Modern Russian Poetry

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of major Russian poets and their works from romanticism to the present. Historical background, textual analysis and connections with Western European poetry. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RUSS 444: Problems in Romanticism

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of major authors of the romantic period, with the inclusion of several lesser authors, such as Mikhail Lermontov. Historical background, textual analysis, and connections with Western European romanticism. Same as CWL 444. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RUSS 445: Problems in Realism

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of the major texts of nineteenth century Russian realism, including works by Turgenev, Goncharov, Nekrasov, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy. Historical background, relevant intellectual currents, textual analysis, and connections with Western European realist authors. Same as CWL 445. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RUSS 460: Russian Culture Studies

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Role of Russian literature in the social, political, and intellectual life of Russia from the 1840s to the present. Same as CWL 440. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

RUSS 461: Russia and the Other

Credit:  3 hours.

Interdisciplinary and comparative topics including, but not limited to: Russia and the West, Russia and the East, the Cold War, and post-Soviet cultural studies. This course may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Russian course at the 200 or 300 level or consent of instructor.

RUSS 465: Russian-Jewish Culture

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of Russian-Jewish cultural, social, and political life through literature and film. No Russian required. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One literature course in the Slavic department at the 200 or 300 level, or consent of instructor.

RUSS 466: Russian Women's Writing

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study of fiction and non-fiction writing by Russian women, including discussion of historical context and feminist theory. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One literature course in the Slavic department at the 200 or 300 level, or consent of instructor.

RUSS 470: Russian Advanced Studies

Credit:  3 hours.

Advanced study of a specific theme or problem in Russian literary and cultural studies, with some reading in Russian, and some discussion of critical theory. 3 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: At least one course in Slavic Department at the 400 level or consent of instructor.

RUSS 471: Intro Second Lang Learn Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as CHIN 471, FR 471, GER 469, HUM 471, JAPN 471, LAT 471, and SPAN 471.

RUSS 474: Russian Literary Translation

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Theory and practice of literary translation in Russia from the eighteenth century to the present; "literal" versus "creative" translation; and practical work in translation into English of various Russian literary texts. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: RUSS 302 or equivalent.

RUSS 475: Intro to Comm Lang Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as CHIN 475, FR 475, GER 475, JAPN 475, LAT 475, and SPAN 475.

RUSS 478: Topics Secondary Lang Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as CHIN 478, FR 478, GER 478, JAPN 478, LAT 478, and SPAN 478.

RUSS 493: Honors Senior Thesis

Credit:  2 hours.

Intended primarily for candidates for honors in Russian but open to other seniors. 2 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

RUSS 501: Russian for Grad Students I

Credit:  4 hours.

Provides training in academic Russian for graduate students in social sciences and humanities. Designed for advanced learners of Russian who are interested in developing more specialized language skills. The content of the course will be tailored to the needs of the specific group. Prerequisite: RUSS 402 or consent of instructor.

RUSS 502: Russian for Grad Students II

Credit:  4 hours.

Continuation of Russian 501. Provides training in academic Russian for graduate students in social sciences and humanities. Designed for advanced learners of Russian who are interested in developing more specialized language skills. The content of the course will be tailored to the needs of the specific group. Prerequisite: RUSS 501 or consent of instructor.

RUSS 506: Russian Morphology

Credit:  4 hours.

Survey of the various parts of speech of modern standard literary Russian with special emphasis on the nominal and verbal systems. Prerequisite: RUSS 407 or equivalent.

RUSS 511: Russian Literature 1800-1855

Credit: 4 hours.

Graduate-level study of major literary trends and developments in Russian literature from 1800-1855, from early romanticism to the emergence of a realist tradition, in criticism, drama, poetry, and prose. Prerequisite: Ability to read in Russian.

RUSS 512: Russian Literature 1855-1905

Credit: 4 hours.

Graduate-level survey of Russian literature of the second half of the nineteenth century, tracing the emergence, blossom, and decline of the great Russian realist novel, as well as the social and ideological debates of the 1850s and 1860s that were that form's most significant context. Explores the emergence and varied meanings of the term "realism" in Russian literature and criticism of the nineteenth century and will cover the rise of the short form in the 1880s and then, of Russian Decadence/Symbolism in the 1890s. Key developments in Russian drama will also be covered: Ostrovskii, Sukhovo-Kobylin, Chekhov and the Moscow Art Theater. Prerequisite: Ability to read in Russian.

RUSS 517: 11th-17th C Russ Lit & Lang

Credit:  4 hours.

Historical grammar, origin, and development of the literary language. Prerequisite: SLAV 480 or SLAV 505 or equivalent.

RUSS 520: Russian Writers

Credit:  4 hours.

Study of a Russian author's works in the original Russian, historical and philosophical contexts, current critical approaches. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.

RUSS 522: Dostoevsky

Credit:  4 hours.

Study of Dostoevsky's works in the original Russian, historical and philosophical contexts, current critical approaches. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.

RUSS 535: Nabokov

Credit:  4 hours.

Study of Nabokov's Russian and American novels in the original Russian and English, read in a comparative and theoretical context. Same as CWL 535. Prerequisite: Knowledge of Russian or consent of instructor.

RUSS 563: College Teaching Foreign Langs

Credit:  2 or 4 hours.

Same as EIL 563, FR 563, GER 563, ITAL 563, PORT 563, and SPAN 563.

RUSS 581: Ling Psych Found of Lang Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as EIL 581, FR 581, GER 581, ITAL 581, PORT 581, and SPAN 581.