Slavic Languages and Literatures | Advanced Russian Syntax and Stylistics
R501 | ALL | Staff
The principal objective is to give students an overview of Russian functional communicative styles and to make them familiar with their syntactical and semantic configurations. A focus of the class is the analysis of the primary sources. English transla
tions are banned from this course, all references are given to the original. Texts (R-501 collection) are available from the University Copy Center. Each thematical issue includes exercises, individual oral presentations, and written summaries of the s
ubject. For every thematic cluster, every student will be asked to make one formal in-class presentation of approx. 10 mins. length. and to produce its written summary of approx. 4 pages length. The final grade for the course is cumulative. Grades are
based upon the following rationale: Quizzes and weekly discussions--25% Oral presentations--25% Written summaries --25% each. The final take-home exam --25% of the final grade.
The main thematic clusters of the course:
1. Dominant functional styles of contemporaty Russian Texts and textbooks: D. Rozental', Prakticheskaia stilistika, R-501 collection.
2. Russian colloquial styles: varieties of emotional and evaluative connotations in Russian phraseology Texts and textbooks: Rozental', R-501 collection.
3. Poetic discourse vs the academic style. System of poetic tropes. Professional terminology of various literary approaches. R-501 collection
4. Compound and coordinated sentences Stylistical synonymy. Rozental'
5. Stylistical patterns of contemporary Russian media (radio, TV, newspapers.) Prepositions and conjunctions in time-spatial constructions. Rozental', R-501 collection.
6. Literary stylization. R-501 collection
7. Varieties of Russian rhetorical styles R-501 collection.