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 Bulgakov, 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 Akhmatova, 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.
Whenever 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 stories 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 of 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 are 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
themes (25%). If it becomes necessary, the teacher reserves the right
to give translation quizzes and questions on the assigned text.