Russian: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LR 111: First-Year Russian I
    An introduction to the fundamentals of Russian grammar. Extensive practice in orthography and pronunciation: oral drills, development of comprehension and conversation skills. Reading of simple texts.
  • CAS LR 112: First-Year Russian II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 111.
    An introduction to the fundamentals of Russian grammar. Extensive practice in orthography and pronunciation: oral drills, development of comprehension and conversation skills. Reading of simple texts.
  • CAS LR 211: Second-Year Russian I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 112.
    The fundamentals of Russian grammar and syntax. Development of reading and oral skills.
  • CAS LR 212: Second-Year Russian II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 211.
    The fundamentals of Russian grammar and syntax. Development of reading and oral skills. Satisfactory completion of CAS LR 212 fulfills the CAS language requirement.
  • CAS LR 250: Classics of Russian Prose (in English translation)
    Prose works that define the Russian literary tradition, including Pushkin's Queen of Spades, Gogol's Overcoat, Turgenev's Fathers and Sons, Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground, Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LR 281: Tolstoy (in English translation)
    Examination of development of Tolstoy's art; emphasis on formal aspects of his prose. Tolstoy's position in Russian and Western literature. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LR 282: Russian Prose Classics of the Twentieth Century (in English translation)
    Introduction to the major writers of twentieth-century Russian prose and to the literary traditions that they represent through a close reading of selected texts. Readings will include works by the following authors: Chekhov, Sologub, Belyj, Babel, Olesha, Bulgakov, and Solzhenitsyn. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LR 285: Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky (in English translation)
    Close reading of Tolstoy's War and Peace and Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. Discussion of Russian masters and larger themes: epic tradition from Homer to Tolstoy; continuity of "tragic world view"; the contrasts between the epic mode and the dramatic, and between two opposed views of God and history. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LR 289: Russian Culture (in English translation)
    Introduction (in English) to Russian culture. Traces its development from legendary beginnings to today, focusing on such topics as everyday life, pop culture, national identity, and the woman question.
  • CAS LR 303: Third-Year Russian 1: Reading, Grammar Review, and Conversation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 212.
    Reading original unabridged Russian prose and poetry. Intensive work on improvement of fluency and quality of expression; special attention to pronunciation.
  • CAS LR 304: Third-Year Russian 2: Reading, Grammar Review, and Conversation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 303.
    Reading original unabridged Russian prose and poetry. Intensive work on improvement of fluency and quality of expression; special attention to pronunciation.
  • CAS LR 355: Chekhov: The Stories and Plays (in English translation)
    Comprised of two components. First: an in-depth study of Chekhov's short stories and plays in pursuit of an understanding of their literary, cultural and historical significance. In the second part of the course students develop and produce a play composed of scenes from Chekhov and present it to the public at the end of the semester. Taught in English.
  • CAS LR 383: Russian Literature and Spirituality (in English translation)
    Explores literary experimentation with concepts of Eastern Christianity (e.g., spirit, soul, heaven, hell, crucifixion, resurrection, kenosis, sin, immortality) in the increasingly anti-religious environment of late imperial and Soviet Russia. Authors include Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Akhmatova, Mandelstam, Platonov, Tarkovsky. Readings from philosophy/theory. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS RN 524 A1 and as CAS XL 560 A1.
  • CAS LR 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LR 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • CAS LR 440: Russian Drama
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 304; or permission of instructor.
    Introduces students to major works of Russian theater and their filmic adaptations. Lectures on historical and cultural context. Discussions of dramatic texts with the use of critical tools from theater theory. Authors include Gogol, Chekhov, and Bulgakov. Taught in Russian.
  • CAS LR 443: Contemporary Russian Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 304.
    Study of the cultural life of Russia in recent decades. Literary, musical, and artistic creativity under contemporary conditions. The art of contemporary ballet. The avant-garde in contemporary painting. Unofficial and youth subcultures. The Russian intelligentsia today.
  • CAS LR 445: Russian in Boston: Advanced Experiential Russian
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 303; or consent of instructor.
    In this immersive experiential course, students connect classroom learning to hands-on work in the community. Students are expected to help and learn from members of the Boston Russian community, and to reflect creatively on real-life experiences. Taught entirely in Russian.
  • CAS LR 451: Topics in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LR 350 or CAS LR 351.
    Topic for Fall 2016: Short Masterpieces of Russian Prose (in Russian). Introduction to the classic short stories of Russian literature. Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Chekhov. Close reading of texts, discussion, and writing (all in Russian).
  • CAS LR 456: Topics in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
    Topic for Fall 2017: Russian-Soviet History & Culture: From Lenin to Putin. Follows major historical events and their cultural manifestations over the course of a century: from the Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of the Soviet state and its re-invention in 21st-century Russia. Materials include historical documents, literature, cinema, music, painting.