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Slavic Undergraduate Courses

SLAV 117: Russ & E Euro Science Fiction

Credit:  3 hours.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for a Literature and the Arts course.

Survey of the science fiction writing of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe since 1750, with particular emphasis on the post-World War II period. The role of the Science Fiction tradition in the respective national cultures. The influence on Russian and East European Science Fiction of Anglo-American Science Fiction. All readings are in English. Same as CWL 117.

SLAV 120: Russian & E Euro Folktales

Credit:  3 hours.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for a Literature and the Arts, and Western Compartv Cult course.

Introduction to Russian and East European folktales, focusing on folk beliefs, fairy tales, and folk narratives in Slavic languages from a comparative perspective, with an emphasis on methods of analysis and the role of gender.

SLAV 199: Undergraduate Open Seminar

Credit:  1 to 5 hours.

May be repeated.

SLAV 277: Slavic Literature Survey

Credit:  3 hours.

Examines masterpieces of Czech, Polish, and Yugoslav literatures from medieval times to the present in English translation. Representative works are by Capek, Kundera, Mickiewicz, Milosz, Andric and others. Attention given to the European context and national traditions. Same as CWL 277. Prerequisite: One course in Slavic literature.

SLAV 418: Language & Minorities in Europe

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Same as FR 418, GER 418, LING 418, and PS 418.

SLAV 419: Russian & East European Film

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Study and analysis of major film makers, genres, trends, and theories, including the 1920's Soviet avant garde and the Polish and Czech "New Wave" since 1953; lectures, discussions, screenings, term paper. No reading knowledge of Russian required, except for majors in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Same as CINE 419, and COMM 419. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: RUSS 219; or a college level course REES or in CINE; or consent of instructor.

SLAV 420: Jewish Life-Writing

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Same as CWL 421, HIST 436, RLST 420, and YDSH 420.

SLAV 452: Slavic Cultural Studies

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Selected topics in the literatures of Russia and Eastern Europe. Topics covered will range from in-depth studies of specific authors, time periods, and thematic discussions of specific genre and literary traditions. Readings in English unless specified. Same as CWL 453. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours or 8 graduate hours in same term; or 9 undergraduate hours or 12 graduate hours in separate terms. Prerequisite: Two years of literature, preferably Russian or East European; or consent of instructor.

SLAV 477: Post-Communist Fiction

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

Survey of the central and east European novel in the postcommunist period. Explores how fiction has responded to and creatively figured the period of the so-called "transition" to capitalism and the continuities and discontinuities in literary traditions in these societies, as well as the relevance of theories of postmodernism and postmodern literary analysis to these literatures. Same as CWL 477 and REES 477. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Two courses in Slavic literature including one at the 300-level or consent of the instructor.

SLAV 480: Intro to Slavic Linguistics

Credit:  3 or 4 hours.

The development of Common Slavic from Indo-European and its relationship to contemporary Slavic languages. Same as LING 480. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Knowledge of a Slavic language.

SLAV 482: Computer Foreign Lang Tchg

Credit:  4 hours.

Same as CLCV 482, EIL 482, FR 482, GER 482, HUM 482, ITAL 482, LING 486, PORT 482, and SPAN 482.