SLAVIC LANGUAGES (SLAV)

SLAV 81. First-Year Seminar: Metaphor and the Body. 3 Credits.

All human beings inhabit a physical body, with inherent oppositions of inside/outside, up/down, and left/right. This course examines bodily experience as the wellspring of meaning.
Gen Ed: LA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 82. First-Year Seminar: Doctor Stories. 3 Credits.

Explores and reflects on the experience and significance of being a doctor in Russia and the United States, analyzing "doctors' stories" presented in fiction, nonfiction, film, and other media.
Gen Ed: LA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 84. First-Year Seminar: Terror for the People: Terrorism in Russian Literature and History. 3 Credits.

Terror was used as a political weapon in 19th-century Russia. This seminar introduces the terrorists through their own writings and fictional representations in novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Joseph Conrad.
Gen Ed: LA, BN, CI.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 85. First-Year Seminar: Children and War. 3 Credits.

Readings for this seminar include children's wartime diaries, adult memoirs of child-survivors, and fiction from Eastern Europe and east Asia. Focused on World War II, but with attention to present-day conflicts.
Gen Ed: LA, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 86. First-Year Seminar: Literature and Madness. 3 Credits.

This course examines the ways in which modern European and American fiction, essays, and film construct representations of madness.
Gen Ed: LA.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 88H. First-Year Seminar: Gender and Fiction in Central and Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the region, this course examines the role of gender in central and east European literature from the end of the 19th century to contemporary times. Course materials include novels, films, historical readings, and essays. Readings and class discussions in English.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 89. First-Year Seminar: Special Topics. 3 Credits.

Special topics course. Content will vary each semester. Honors version available
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 6 total credits. 2 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 101. Introduction to Slavic Civilizations: Peasants, Popes, and Party Hacks. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the essentials of Slavic cultures, including religion, literature, history, art, cinema, folklore, geography, and music. Course materials include films, slides, and recordings. Lectures and readings in English.
Gen Ed: BN, FI, WB.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 186. Peoples and Languages of Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

The cultural diversity of Eastern Europe is examined through the emergence of competing religions, newly formed literary languages, and political controversies surrounding the birth of new languages and nations. All readings in English.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 248. Childhood and Adolescence in Slavic Literature. 3 Credits.

Childhood and adolescence as portrayed in both fictional and autobiographical form by 19th- and 20th-century Russian, Polish, Czech, and other East European writers, including Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Nabokov, I. B. Singer, Schulz, Milosz. Lectures and readings in English. Honors version available
Gen Ed: LA, BN, CI.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 250. Introduction to Non-Russian Slavic/East European Culture. 3 Credits.

Reading and discussion of selected authors in the target language aimed at improving reading and analytical skills and preparing the student for higher level work.
Requisites: Prerequisite, BULG 404, CZCH 404, HUNG 404, MACD 404, PLSH 404, or SECR 404; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 251. Ideology and Aesthetics: Marxism and Literature. 3 Credits.

Examines clash between 20th-century writers and the state in countries where a single government or party used an exclusive ideology as justification for interference in cultural and literary affairs. Discussions and texts in English.
Gen Ed: HS, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: GERM 251.

SLAV 281. Holocaust Cinema in Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

A critical look at varieties of cinematic representation and memorialization of the Holocaust, from those countries of Europe where it mostly took place. Taught in English. All films in (or subtitled in) English.
Gen Ed: VP, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: CMPL 281.

SLAV 296. Directed Readings in a Slavic Language. 1-12 Credits.

Permission of the instructor. Directed readings in a Slavic language other than Russian on topics in literature and linguistics not normally covered in scheduled courses.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 306. Language and Nationalism. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on language, identity, and nationalism in contemporary societies, with special emphasis on Europe, Africa, Asia, and the United States.
Gen Ed: CI, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: LING 306.

SLAV 464. Imagined Jews: Jewish Themes in Polish and Russian Literature. 3 Credits.

Explores the fictional representation of Jewish life in Russia and Poland by Russian, Polish, and Jewish authors from the 19th century to the present. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: JWST 464.

SLAV 465. Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in Russia and Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

Literary representation in fiction, poetry, memoirs, and other genres of the mass annihilation and terror in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union under the Nazi and Communist regimes. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Gen Ed: LA, BN, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: JWST 465, PWAD 465.

SLAV 467. Language and Political Identity. 3 Credits.

This course examines the roles of language policy and linguistic controversies in determining national identity and fueling political polarization. It focuses primarily on Western and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Gen Ed: BN, CI.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: PWAD 467.

SLAV 469. Coming to America: The Slavic Immigrant Experience in Literature. 3 Credits.

Fictional and autobiographical expressions of the Slavic and East European immigrant experience in the 20th century. Readings include Russian, Polish, Jewish, and Czech authors from early 1900s to present. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Gen Ed: LA, GL.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: JWST 469.

SLAV 470. 20th-Century Russian and Polish Theater. 3 Credits.

A comparative survey of the major trends in 20th-century Russian and Polish dramaturgy and theatrical production, with attention to aesthetic, professional, and political connections between the two. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 490. Topics in Slavic Culture. 3 Credits.

Comparative study of topics in non-Russian Slavic literatures and culture not covered in any other course. Specific topics will vary and will be announced in advance. Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 12 total credits. 4 total completions.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 560. Reading Other Cultures: Issues in Literary Translation. 3 Credits.

Permission of the instructor. Reading knowledge of a language other than English recommended. Starting from the proposition that cultural literacy would be impossible without reliance on translations, this course addresses fundamental issues in the practice, art, and politics of literary translation.
Grading status: Letter grade
Same as: CMPL 560.

SLAV 580. East European Literary Criticism. 3 Credits.

Survey of 20th-century Slavic literary criticism. Russian formalists, Bakhtin and his circle, Czech structuralists, Soviet semiotics. Emphasis on influence of Slavic criticism on development of Western literary criticism.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 691H. Honors Reading Course. 3 Credits.

Slavic and East European languages and cultures majors only. Research and writing of an honors thesis on an agreed-upon topic not covered by scheduled courses, under the direction of departmental advisors.
Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 692H. Honors Reading Course. 3 Credits.

Slavic and East European languages and cultures majors only. Research and writing of an honors thesis on an agreed-upon topic not covered by scheduled courses, under the direction of departmental advisors.
Gen Ed: EE-Mentored Research.
Grading status: Letter grade.

SLAV 796. Reading Course. 1-12 Credits.

Permission of the instructor. Special readings and research in a selected field or topic under the direction of a faculty member.
Repeat rules: May be repeated for credit; may be repeated in the same term for different topics; 12 total credits. 4 total completions.

SLAV 994. Doctoral Research and Dissertation. 3 Credits.