RUSS 101
RUSS 101 - Elementary Russian I

Introduction to Russian grammar through oral, written, and reading exercises; special emphasis on oral expression. Four periods.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Hodge, Epsteyn

Typical Periods Offered: Fall; Winter

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Winter

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RUSS 102
RUSS 102 - Elementary Russian II

Continued studies in Russian grammar through oral, written, and reading exercises; special emphasis on oral expression; multimedia computer exercises. Four periods.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: RUSS 101 or equivalent.

Instructor: Weiner, Epsteyn

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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RUSS 201
RUSS 201 - Intermediate Russian I

Conversation, composition, reading, music, comprehensive review of grammar; special emphasis on speaking and writing idiomatic Russian. Students learn and perform a play in Russian in the course of the semester. Three periods.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 20

Prerequisites: RUSS 102 or equivalent.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

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RUSS 202
RUSS 202 - Intermediate Russian II

Conversation, composition, reading, popular music, continuation of grammar review; special emphasis on speaking and writing idiomatic Russian. Students read unadapted short stories by Pushkin and Zamiatin and view classic films such as Brilliantovaia ruka. Three periods.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: RUSS 201 or equivalent.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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RUSS 203W
RUSS 203W - Russian in Moscow

This course is offered as an immersion experience, designed to improve students' oral proficiency in Russian while introducing them to the cultural treasures of Russia's capital. Mornings students study language with instructors at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Afternoons and evenings they visit sites associated with Moscow's great writers, art galleries, and museums, and attend plays, operas, and concerts.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 12

Prerequisites: RUSS 201 or permission of the instructor. Application required.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Winter

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: Not offered every year. Subject to Provost's Office approval.

RUSS 250
RUSS 250 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall

RUSS 250H
RUSS 250H - Research or Individual Study

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

RUSS 251
RUSS 251 - Russ Lit in Trans-19th Century

Survey of Russian fiction from the Age of Pushkin (1820s-1830s) to Tolstoy's mature work (1870s) focusing on the role of fiction in Russian history, contemporaneous critical reaction, literary movements in Russia, and echoes of Russian literary masterpieces in the other arts, especially film and music. Major works by Pushkin (Eugene Onegin, "The Queen of Spades"), Lermontov (A Hero of Our Time), Gogol (Dead Souls), Pavlova (A Double Life), Turgenev (Fathers and Children), Tolstoy (Anna Karenina), and Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment) will be read.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 35

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Hodge

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

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RUSS 255
RUSS 255 - Russian & Soviet Film (in Eng)

Vladimir Lenin characterized film as “the most important of the arts” for the fledgling Soviet state. Film has played a crucial role in documenting and shaping Russia's Soviet and post-Soviet experience. This course will begin by exploring early Soviet masters of montage (Vertov, Eisenstein, and Pudovkin) and the impact of their revolutionary ideas on world cinema. We will study visionaries of the long take (Tarkovsky, Parajanov, and Sokurov) who later enchanted audiences with a more meditative cinematic sensibility. Along the way, we will consider masterpieces by such filmmakers as the brothers Vasiliev, Kalatozov, Khutsiev, Sheptiko, Mamin, Mikhalkov, Muratova, German, and Zviagintsev. Students will deepen their knowledge of Russian history, from the October Revolution to modern-day Russia, and develop a foundation in film theory and analysis.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Weiner

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Typical Periods Offered: Every four years

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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RUSS 272
RUSS 272 - Ideology & the Russian Novel

Nineteenth-century Russian writers were locked in a desperate struggle for freedom under an extraordinarily repressive regime. Through an intensive analysis of the great ideological novels at the center of Russia's historic social debates from the 1840s to the 1860s, we will unearth the roots of both Lenin’s revolution and Dostoevsky’s fervent anti-radicalism. The tension between literary realism and political exigency will be explored in the fictional and critical works of Chaadaev, Herzen, Belinsky, Turgenev, Chernyshevsky, Goncharov, Dobroliubov, Pisarev, and Dostoevsky. Isaiah Berlin’s famous essays on the Russian intelligentsia, as well as representative works from the nonliterary arts, including Tom Stoppard's epic play, The Coast of Utopia, will supplement our reading and discussion.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Hodge

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Every three years

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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RUSS 276
RUSS 276 - Fedor Dostoevsky

Probably no writer has been so detested and adored, so demonized and deified, as Dostoevsky. This artist was such a visionary that he had to reinvent the novel in order to create a form suitable for his insights into the inner life and his prophecies about the outer. To this day readers are mystified, outraged, enchanted, but never unmoved, by Dostoevsky's fiction, which some have tried to brand as "novel-tragedies," "romantic realism," "polyphonic novels," and more. This course challenges students to enter the fray and explore the mysteries of Dostoevsky themselves through study of his major writings.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Weiner

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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RUSS 277
RUSS 277 - Tolstoy: Russia's Ecclesiast (Eng)

An odyssey through the fiction of the great Russian novelist and thinker, beginning with his early works (Sevastopol Stories) and focusing on War and Peace, though two major achievements of Tolstoy's later period (A Confession, The Death of Ivan I'lich) will conclude the course. Lectures and discussion will examine the masterful techniques Tolstoy employs for his intensive explorations of human existence, from mundane detail to life-shattering cataclysm. Students are encouraged to read as much of the Maude translation of War and Peace (Norton Critical Edition) as possible before the term begins.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Hodge

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Every three years

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

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RUSS 286
RUSS 286 - Vladimir Nabokov (in Eng)

An examination of the artistic legacy of the great novelist, critic, lepidopterist, and founder of Wellesley College's Russian Department. Nabokov became one of the greatest novelists in both Russian and English literature. Students will read Lolita, Pnin, and Pale Fire, which were written in English, and Nabokov's English translations of two of his best Russian novels: The Defense and Invitation to a Beheading. The class will also discuss his utterly unique autobiography, Speak, Memory.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: None

Instructor: Weiner

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

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RUSS 301
RUSS 301 - Tpc: Moscow

Students will become experts in one of the great overarching themes of Russian culture: Moscow. We will read and discuss texts, view films, listen to music, and compose essays on the theme of Russia's historic capital. The course includes study of grammar, vocabulary expansion with strong emphasis on oral proficiency and comprehension. At the end of the semester, each student will write a final paper and present to the class her own special research interest within the general investigation of Moscow's history, traditions, culture, and art.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 20

Prerequisites: RUSS 201-RUSS 202 or the equivalent.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: Taught in Russian.

RUSS 302
RUSS 302 - Adv Russ. II: Children & Laughter

Students will enter the world of Russian children's folklore, literature, songs, film, and animation. From lullabies to folktales, from Pushkin's skazki, animal fables by Krylov, didactic stories by Tolstoy, we will move on to examine the contributions of Soviet authors from the early 1920s to the present (V. Maiakovsky, K. Chukovsky, S.Marshak, D. Kharms, M. Zoshchenko, A. Gaidar, N. Nosov, E. Uspensky, G. Oster) and their effect on the aesthetic development and ethical upbringing of children in Russia. The course emphasizes oral proficiency, extensive reading, and weekly writing assignments. Students will create and present a final project on their own special research interest.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: RUSS 301 or RUSS 305 or the equivalent.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: Taught in Russian.

RUSS 303W
RUSS 303W - Russian In Moscow

This course is offered as an immersion experience, designed to improve students' oral proficiency in Russian while introducing them to the cultural treasures of Russia's capital. Mornings students study language with instructors at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Afternoons and evenings they visit sites associated with Moscow's great writers, art galleries, and museums, and attend plays, operas and concerts.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 12

Prerequisites: RUSS 301, RUSS 305 and permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Winter

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: Not offered every year. Subject to Provost's Office approval.

RUSS 305
RUSS 305 - St. Petersburg

Students will become experts in one of the great overarching themes of Russian culture: St. Petersburg. We will read and discuss texts, view films, listen to music, and compose essays on the theme of Russia's second capital. The course includes study of grammar, vocabulary expansion with strong emphasis on oral proficiency and comprehension. At the end of the semester, each student will write a final paper and present to the class her own special research interest within the general investigation of St. Petersburg's history, traditions, culture, and art.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: RUSS 201-RUSS 202 or the equivalent.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: Taught in Russian.

RUSS 306
RUSS 306 - Comedy Blockbusters

This course explores Soviet and Russian popular film classics loved by generations of viewers and that have become cultural symbols. We will study G. Aleksandrov's musicals of the 1930s; sentimental, detective and fantastic comedies by the masters of the genre, L. Gaidai, E. Riazanov, and G. Danelia, in the 1950s-80s; and post-Soviet crime comedies of the twenty-first century. We will attempt to determine the source of their enduring popularity and cult status through an examination of their aesthetics and of their social and political context.

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 20

Prerequisites: RUSS 301 or RUSS 305 or the equivalent.

Instructor: Epsteyn

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

Notes: Taught in Russian.

RUSS 333H
RUSS 333H - 19C Russian Narrative Poetry

Students will immerse themselves in the famous poems of Derzhavin, Zhukovsky, Pushkin, Lermontov, and Nekrasov, analyzing ballads and verse tales devoted to the natural and the supernatural. Exotic "Eastern" cultures as well as high and low Russian culture serve as the backdrop for these dramatic verse narratives. Russian painting, music, and history will enrich our discussions of Russian Romanticism in the poetry.

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or co-requisite - RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 305, or RUSS 306.

Instructor: Hodge

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Fall; Every three years

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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RUSS 350
RUSS 350 - Research or Individual Study

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall

RUSS 350H
RUSS 350H - Research or Individual Study

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring; Fall

RUSS 355H
RUSS 355H - Russian Film (in Russian)

This course explores the great works of Russian film in the original Russian. We will view, analyze and discuss films by Vertov, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Tarkovsky, Parajanov, Sokurov, the brothers Vasiliev, Kalatozov, Khutsiev, Shepitko, Mamin, Mikhalkov, Muratova, German, and Zviagintsev. Students will deepen their knowledge of Russian history, from the October Revolution to modern-day Russia, and develop a foundation in film theory and analysis. They will also improve their passive and active Russian. All classroom discussion, writing assignments and oral presentations will be in Russian.

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: RUSS 202 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Weiner

Distribution Requirements: ARS - Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Film and Video

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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RUSS 360
RUSS 360 - Senior Thesis Research

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: Permission of the department.

Instructor:

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

Notes: Students enroll in Senior Thesis Research (360) in the first semester and carry out independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. If sufficient progress is made, students may continue with Senior Thesis (370) in the second semester.

RUSS 370
RUSS 370 - Senior Thesis

Units: 1

Max Enrollment: 25

Prerequisites: RUSS 360 and permission of the department.

Instructor:

Typical Periods Offered: Spring; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall; Spring

Notes: Students enroll in Senior Thesis Research (360) in the first semester and carry out independent work under the supervision of a faculty member. If sufficient progress is made, students may continue with Senior Thesis (370) in the second semester.

RUSS 376H
RUSS 376H - Fedor Dostoevsky

In this course students will enter the world of Dostoevsky's short fiction and learn his explosive literary style, obsessive themes, and artistic strategies. Students will increase their passive and active vocabulary and improve their speaking, writing and reading fluency in Russian. We will discuss one work of short fiction (about 20 pages) each week of the semester. Students will translate excerpts from each work discussed. Each student will write a short essay on a story of her choosing and present it to the class. Class meets twice weekly for 75 minutes. All work will be in Russian.

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 30

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or co-requisite - RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 305, or RUSS 306.

Instructor: Weiner

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Spring

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

Notes: One meeting per week.

RUSS 377H
RUSS 377H - Tolstoy's Short Fiction (Russ)

A Russian-language course designed to supplement RUSS 277 above, though RUSS 377H may be taken independently. Students will read and discuss, in Russian, major short works by Tolstoy.

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or co-requisite - RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 305, or RUSS 306.

Instructor: Hodge

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Every other year; Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring

Notes: One meeting per week.

RUSS 378H
RUSS 378H - Chekhov Short Stories

This course surveys some of the Russian prose writer and playwright Anton Chekhov's best short stories and plays and is designed to help students develop their ability to read, discuss, and write about literature in Russian. In addition to reading Chekhov in the original Russian, students will view theatrical and cinematic adaptations of Chekhov's work and stage their own production of a Chekhov work of their choice.

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or co-requisite - RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 305, or RUSS 306.

Instructor:

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Not Offered

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RUSS 386H
RUSS 386H - Vladimir Nabokov (in Russ)

In this course students will enter the world of Nabokov's short fiction and learn to recognize his innovative literary style, obsessive themes, and artistic strategies. Students will increase their passive and active vocabulary and improve their speaking, writing and reading fluency in Russian. Students will translate excerpts from each work discussed. Each student will write a short essay on a story of their choosing and present it to the class. Class meets once weekly for 75 minutes. All work will be in Russian.

Units: 0.5

Max Enrollment: 15

Prerequisites: Prerequisite or co-requisite - RUSS 301, RUSS 302, RUSS 305, or RUSS 306.

Instructor: Weiner

Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature

Typical Periods Offered: Fall

Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall

Notes: