Slavic Languages and Literatures | Readings in Russian Literature 2
R406 | ALL | Kolodziej


Given limitations of time and desirability of representative sampling, selection of material is reflected almost exclusively to the major practi- tioners of the Russian short story (Bunin, Gorky, Zoshchenko, Ilf and Petrov, Olesha, Zamyatin, Babel,l Bulga
kov, Nabokov, Aksenov, Solzhenitsyn). For variety (linguistic and cultural), R406 includes a moviescript and video. Occasional videos on major writers are shown and discussed and, if there is student interest, a few poems are read and analyzed (Blok Akhma
tova, Mandelshtam, Voznesensky, Evtushenko). Class is conducted in Russian. R406 begins with a brief introduction to Russian literary terminology. Two short critical articles are read to expose students to the terminology of Russian literary criticism. Wh
enever possible, dual language texts (facing- page) are provided as a time saving device. The focus in the course is not on translation, but on literary anaylsis and self-expression. To this end, students are asked throughout the course to retell short st
ories in class and to write out a brief summary of reading assignments. At the end of each reading selection students write a composition about the theme. Towards the end of the course, as students gain in proficiency, retelling is deemphasized in favor o
f broader ranging discussion and the writing of summaries is abandoned entirely. On the other hand, in the second part of the course students are asked to give two brief oral reports. The audience is encouraged to ask questions. The goals of the course ar
e to develop a keener awareness of literary texts, to develop the ability to organize verbal material, and to increase self- expression in Russian. Grades are based entirely on class participation (30%), oral reports (20%), written summaries (25%) and the
mes (25%). If it becomes necessary, the teacher reserves the right to give translation quizzes and questions on the assigned text.