Language Courses:

Russian 101

Elementary Russian I and II (RUSS101 - RUSS102)
Introduction to Russian grammar through oral, written, and reading exercises; special emphasis on oral expression. Four periods.
Prerequisite: None. 
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

Elementary Russian I during Wintersession (RUSS101)
Introduction to Russian grammar through oral, written, and reading exercises; special emphasis on oral expression. Four periods.
Prerequisite: None. 
Distribution: None. 

 

Intermediate Russian I and II (RUSS201 - RUSS202)
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. Students read unadapted short stories by Pushkin and Zamiatin and view classic films such as Brilliantovaia ruka.Four periods.
Prerequisite: 101-102 or equivalent
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

Russian in Moscow (RUSS203/303)
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 instuctors at the Russian State University for the Humanities. Afternoons and evenings they visit sites associated with Moscow's great writers, art galleries and museums, attend plays, operas and concerts. This course may be taken as either 203W or 303W. Prerequisites: 203: 201 or permission of the instructor; 303: 301 or permission of instructor. Application required.
Distribution: Language and Literature
Contact:Professor Epsteyn

 

Russian 301Advanced Russian Topic: Moscow (RUSS301)

"Moscow ... how many strains are fusing
in that one sound, for Russian hearts!
what store of riches it imparts!"
      -- Eugine Onegin, Alexander Pushkin 
Taught in Russian. Three periods.
Prerequisite: 201-202 or equivalent
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

Russian 302Advanced Russian Topic: Children and Laughter in Russia (RUSS302)

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 contribution 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. Taught in Russian. Two periods.
Prerequisite: 301 or equivalent
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

 

Literature Courses:

 

The Nineteenth-Century Russian Classics: Passion, Pain, Perfection (RUSS251)
This course will plunge you into the literary masterpieces of that fifty-year span in the 1800s during which Russian fiction rose to the pinnacle of European literary excellence...
Taught in English. Two periods.
Prerequisite: None
Distribution: Language and Literature
 

 

Politically Correct: Ideology and the Nineteenth-Century Russian Novel (RUSS272)
Writers and critics wrestle with the ideologies that dominated the late 1800s and served as a crucible for Russian revolutionary thought, which found its most powerful opponent in Fedor Dostoevsky...
Taught in English. Two periods.
Prerequisite: None
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

Russian 276Fedor Dostoevsky: The Seer of Spirit (RUSS276)

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. Taught in English. Two periods.
Prerequisite: None
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

Russian 277Lev Tolstoy: Russia's Ecclesiast (RUSS277)

"The goal of the artist is not to solve a question irrefutably, but to force people to love life in all its innumerable, inexhaustible manifestations. If I were told that what I shall write will be read in twenty years by the children of today and that they will weep and smile over it and will fall in love with life, I would devote all my life and all my strength to it."
       (Tolstoy, 1865)
Taught in English. Two periods.
Prerequisite: None
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

 

Russian 286Vladimir Nabokov (RUSS286)

An examination of the artistic legacy of the great novelist, critic, lepidopterist, and founder of the Wellesley College Russian Department. Nabokov's works have joined the canon of twentieth-century classics in both Russian and English literature. Students will explore Nabokov's English-language novels (Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire) and the authorized English translations of his Russian works (The Defense, Despair, Invitation to a Beheading). Taught in English. Two periods.
Prerequisite: None
Distribution: Language and Literature

 

Russian 333Nineteenth-Century Russian Narrative Poetry: Tales of Mystery and Adventure (RUSS333)

Macabre encounters, exotic denizens of the Caucasus, gypsies, angels, demons, lunatics -- these are just a few of the Romantic elements that typify the poemy of Russia's "Golden Age of Poetry"...
Prerequisite: 301 or 302 as prerequisite or corequisite.
Distribution: Language and Literature
Unit: 0.5
 

Fedor Dostoevsky's Short Stories (RUSS376)
A Russian-language course designed to supplement 276 above, though 376 may be taken independently. Students will read and discuss, in Russian, major short works by Dostoevsky. One period..
Prerequisite: 301 or 302 as prerequisite or corequisite.
Distribution: Language and Literature

Unit: 0.5
 

Tolstoy's Short Fiction (RUSS377)
A Russian-language course designed to supplement 277, though 377 may be taken independently. Students will read and discuss, in Russian, Tolstoy's short stories and fables as well as excerpts from his religious and philosophical works. One period.
Prerequisite: 301 or 302 as prerequisite or corequisite.
Distribution: Language and Literature

Unit: 0.5
 

Russian 386Vladimir Nabokov's Short Stories (RUSS386)

A Russian-language course designed to supplement 286 above, though 386 may be taken independently. Students will read and discuss, in Russian, major short works by Nabokov. One period.
Distribution: Language and Literature

Unit: 0.5