SLA Slavic Languages and Literatures Courses
Undergraduate seminar that focuses on specific ideas, questions, phenomena or controversies, taught by a regular Faculty member deeply engaged in the discipline. Open only to newly admitted first year students. It may serve as a distribution requirement course; see page 40.
Literature about the Jewish community in Slavic countries. How do these Jewish minorities perceive and identify themselves? How are they perceived by others?
Surveys through lectures and audio-visual presentations the history of religions, literature, folklore, ethnography, architecture and art of the Slavs from their origins to the Baroque era; examines distinctive Slavic cultural elements with explorations of Greco-Roman, Byzantine, West European and Oriental features.
Examines the history, archaeology, anthropology, religions, architecture, and art of Ukraine and Russia from prehistory to the end of the Baroque era. The ethnic origins of the Ukrainians and Russians and the development of their nations, states, churches, and cultures; Scythian, Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Western European, and Oriental influences. Lectures illustrated with slides.
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.
The much discussed problems of modernity are put into a Central European context. Major concepts of modernity are analyzed with the help of works from Czech, German, Hungarian, and Polish literatures. Readings in translation. Co-taught course. Readings in English. (Offered every three years)
A seminar focused on contemporary Estonian novelist Jaan Kross (1920- ), whose historical fictions of the distant past resonated analogically with Soviet realities. East and West European traditions of historical fiction; questions of national identity, cultural diversity, and postSoviet challenges to revisioning the past. Readings (in English) also include Pushkin, Tolstoy, Tynianov and Sienkiewicz.
A study of the effects on aesthetic form of the totalitarian experience in Russia, Poland and Czechoslovakia. The Russian, Polish, and Czech avant-garde, poised between the bankruptcy of traditional aesthetics and the search for new forms in the post-revolutionary/post-Holocaust world. Co-taught course. Readings in English. (Offered every three years)
Theoretical thought and theatre practice of these directors are placed within a context of theatre reforms in the 20th century, from naturalism and symbolism, through retheatricalization of theatre, to a ritualistic and mythic holy theatre. Readings in English.
A scholarly project on an approved literary or linguistics topic supervised by one of the Department’s instructors.
A scholarly project on an approved literary or linguistics topic supervised by one of the Departments instructors.
Basic phonology, morphology and sentence structure. Composition, oral practice and readings from Serbian literature. Open only to students with little or no knowledge of Serbian. (Offered in alternate years)
A survey of culture in literature, film and the fine arts from the coming of the Serbs to Southeastern Europe until World War I. The legacy of Byzantium and Rome; the Middle Ages; the Baroque Enlightenment; the Serbian National Revival; Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. Readings in English.
A survey of culture in literature, film and the fine arts from the coming of the Croats to Southeastern Europe until World War I. The Greek and Latin heritages; the medieval Croatian State; Humanism and Reformation among the Croats; the Dalmatian Renaissance and Baroque; the Illyrian Movement and Croatian National Revival; Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. Readings in English.
Basic phonology, morphology and sentence structure. Composition, oral practice and readings from Croatian literature. Open only to students with little or no knowledge of Croatian. (Offered in alternate years)
Systematic study of orthography and syntax. Advanced composition and oral practice. Reading and translation of more complex texts from Serbian writers. (Offered in alternate years)
Systematic study of orthography and syntax. Advanced composition and oral practice. Reading and translation of more complex texts from Croatian writers. (Offered in alternate years)
Studies of short stories written since 1950. Focus on innovative writers and current trends. Readings in the original and English.
Classic plays from the Renaissance to the present studied in reference to the contemporary national, ethnic and ideological background of south-eastern and central Europe.
Historical and stylistic study of the customs, oral lore and traditions among pagan, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Moslem Slavs. The role of folklore in the ethnogenesis of national culture. Readings in the original and English.
Verse since 1900 by the major poets of the nation. Focus on the Croatian Moderna, Expessionism and other Avant-Garde movements. Readings in Croatian and English.
Verse since 1900 by the major poets of the nation. Focus on the Serbian Moderna, Expessionism and other Avant-Garde movements. Readings in Serbian and English.
Grammar, composition, and conversation. Readings from Czech literature. Open only to students with little or no knowledge of the language.
Some of the most important features of Czech and Slovak cultural history are introduced in a survey of the national myths, traditions and cultural trends. (Offered every three years)
From the “New Wave” of the 60s to the present. The films of major directors - Forman, Menzel, Chytilová - and of talented newcomers. Screening of films censored and prohibited over the last 25 years. English subtitles. (Offered every three years)
Morphology, syntax, composition and translation, oral practice. Contemporary Czech texts representing diverse styles.
Studies in the Czech and Slovak literatures of the 19th and 20th centuries: national revival; realism; modernism; avant-garde. (Offered every three years)
A study of original and translated works to trace the formation and development of the Czech literary language and to train students to differentiate literary styles, genres, and epochs. Readings include chronicles, sermons, travel accounts, dialogues and significant literary texts. (Offered every three years)
Advanced students are presented with a variety of texts - literary, journalistic, scientific - tailored to their needs and interests. (Offered every three years)
This class explores Prague as a meeting point of different cultures. Questions of centre and margin of multiculturalism and nationalism are discussed, based on texts by Jan Neruda, F. Kafka, M. Cvetaeva and others.
Analysis of sentence structures with regard to semantics. Introduction to stylistics. Translations, composition, oral practice.
Introduces the problematics of public places and private spaces through various works of Czech writers from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Introduces students to the most important plays of contemporary Czech authors. (This is graduate/undergraduate course)
The basic features of the grammar of the Macedonian literary language. Acquisition of essential vocabulary for practical conversation and for comprehension. Development of reading and writing skills. Open only to students with little or no knowledge of the literary language. (Offered in alternate years)
Systematic study of morphology. Reading and translation of more complex texts; more advanced composition; oral practice. (Offered in alternate years)
Basic vocabulary, essential morphology, simple sentence patterns. Regular language laboratory sessions. Reading of contemporary texts. Open only to students with little or no knowledge of the language.
Intensive study of morphology; translation into Polish. Literary texts; oral practice.
Major cultural traditions, historical processes, myths, and figures that have shaped and redefined Polish civilization and national identity are problematized and contextualized with the help of works of literature, history, philosophy, political science, music, visual and performing arts. Readings in English (also available in Polish). (Offered in alternate years)
The “Polish School” in cinema, its predecessors and successors, their artistic accomplishments, major theoretical and thematic concerns, and their place on the map of European cinema. Films of Ford, Wajda, Polanski, Konwicki, Borowczyk, Has, Kawalerowicz, Zanussi, Kieslowski, and of the new generation of Polish film makers. Films and discussions in English. (Offered every three years)
Syntax, word formation, and stylistics. Compositions and precis. Critical evaluation of literary works and articles in Polish. Extensive reading and translation. (Offered in alternate years)
Study of the poetics of the short story and of structural, stylistic, and thematic diversity of this genre in Polish literature as it evolved from the period of Romanticism to the present. Readings in Polish. (Offered in alternate years)
Study of drama as a literary and theatrical genre in its thematic and formal diversity in Polish literature from the 16th to the 20th century is combined with investigations of the role of the theatre as cultural institution in different periods of Polish history. Readings in English (in Polish for students in the major program). (Offered every three years)
Innovative reading of Polish fiction from the 18th to the 20th century. Study of narrative strategies, of the function of language and literary conventions, of various styles and poetics, of the issue of representation. In addition to the works of fiction (primarily novels, but also short stories), the reading list includes literary criticism and literary theory. Readings in English (in Polish for students in the major program). (Offered every three years)
A survey of major poets from Kochanowski to Norwid. Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism. Readings in the original. (Offered in alternate years)
Political, sociological, and historical understanding of nationalism and national identity as they manifest themselves in Polish literature, history and culture. National search for self-identification, the politics of identity and history, perceptions of identity and nationhood. Readings in English.
Major poetic movements, genres, and texts from Mloda Polska (Tetmajer, Kasporowicz, Staff, Lesmian, Micinski, Wyspianski) to the present. Study of the metaphyscial, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions of the “Polish School of Poetry.” Readings in Polish. (Offered every three years)
Who is “the other” in Polish literature? Examining the linguistic and literary means of constructing the image of the other and investigating cultural, political, and historical reasons for such constructions. Readings in English (in Polish for students in the major program).
The basic features of the grammar. Acquisition of essential vocabulary for practical conversation and for comprehension. Development of reading and writing skills. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into SLA220Y1)
Continuation of morphology. Word formation, composition, and translation. Intensive reading of classical and contemporary literary texts. Oral practice. Not intended for native speakers.
A systematic study of the Russian cinematic tradition from its beginnings (1896) until Stalin’s death (1953). Special attention is paid to the avant-garde cinema and film theory of the 1920s, to the totalitarian esthetics of the 1930s and 1940s, and to the ideological uses of film art. Students also acquire basic skills of film analysis. Taught in English, all films subtitled in English.
A systematic study of the Russian cinematic tradition from the political and cultural “thaw” of the late 1950s to the present. The revolution in the theory and practice of film art in the 1950s-60s; cinema as medium of cultural dissent and as witness to social change. Students also acquire basic skills of film analysis. Taught in English; all films are subtitled in English.
Stories and novels by Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and others. The construction of personal and national identity: changing relations between self and society, women and men, parents and children, rich and poor. The development and diversity of narrative forms. Readings in English and, for Russian majors, in the original.
A chronological multimedia survey of Russian culture from pre-Christian to post-Soviet times, emphasizing the clash between established authority and dissent, and tracing the conservative and radical currents in Russian literature and the arts, social thought and spirituality. Readings in English of classic poems, stories and novels, supplemented by videos and slides.
An exploration of the elements of the short story through close readings of works by 19th and 20th century writers. Stories in translation by Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Olesha, Babel, and others.
A systematic study of Vladimir Nabokov’s prose fiction, in English translation, from his “Russian” period (1920s-1930s). The peculiarities and evolution of his literary aesthetics; his place in the Russian literary tradition; and the creative uses of exile to artistic, ideological, and philosophical ends.
Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and short works. Dostoevsky’s political, psychological, and religious ideas as they shape and are shaped by his literary art. Readings in English.
One major Russian novel: its genesis, structure, artistic devices, and philosophical significance. Various critical approaches; cognate literary works. Students are expected to have read the novel before the course begins. Consult the Department for title of novel. Readings in English. (Offered in alternate years)
War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and some shorter works. Tolstoy’s political, psychological, and religious ideas as they shape and are shaped by his literary art. Readings in English. (Offered in alternate years)
Syntax of the simple sentence. Problems in grammar and word formation. Composition, translation and conversation. Reading and discussion of literary and non-literary texts.
Expansion of vocabulary and development of conversational skills. Readings and films stimulating discussion of Russian history, culture, art, and contemporary events and issues.
Pre- and post-revolutionary Russian literature. The novel and short prose, Bunin, Andreev, Remizov, Bely, Sologub, Gorky, Zamyatin, Babel, Olesha, Fadeev, Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, and others. Readings in the original and in English. (Offered in alternate years)
A survey of Russian prose from the turn of the century to the imposition of total state control over arts in the 1930s and 1940s. Readings include: stories from Chekhov’s last creative period; Symbolist novels; the experimental prose of the 1920s; the Soviet picaresque; and the literature of “Socialist realism.” Taught in English. Readings may be done in English or in Russian. (Offered in alternate years)
Alternative currents in Russian literature during the Soviet period. Readings include: works by First Wave émigré writers (Bunin, Gazdanov, Nabokov); literature of the Soviet samizdat (Bitov, Daniel’, Venedikt Erofeev, Solzhenitsyn, Abram Terts); and the writings of the Third Wave emigration (Aksenov, Voinovich, Aleshkovskii). Taught in English. Readings may be done in English or in Russian. (Offered in alternate years)
A study of major books and writers of the last forty years (novels, short stories, verse) which are involved in the post-Stalin artistic and cultural liberation, the rediscovery of Russian literature’s links with its own vital tradition, and development of a Russian brand of modern and ‘post-modern’ writing. (Readings in English)
The experience of prison as reflected by Russian writers. The rise and persistence of the prison camp system; physical and spiritual survival; the literary value of the prison experience. Works (in translation) by Dostoevsky, Solzhenitsyn, Shalamov, Ginzburg and others.
Development of writing and translating skills. For more advanced students including native speakers.
Selected stories, plays; stylistic, structural, and thematic analysis, literary and historical context, influence in Russia and the West. Readings in English and, for Specialists in Russian, in the original. (Offered in alternate years)
An introduction to Russian Romanticism through the major works of one or more poets (chosen variously from Pushkin, Lermontov, Tyutchev, Baratynsky, et al.). Close readings of lyric and narrative verse. The rudiments of Russian versification. Relations with Western European poets. All texts read in Russian.
A series of translation exercises from English to Russian (and some from Russian to English) designed to expand students’ ability to respond to and translate a variety of advanced prose texts in different styles and registers.
The prose, poetry and dramaturgy of the most prominent literary figures of the eighteenth century, including Karamzin, Lomonosov, Fonvizin, Derzhavin and Krylov; aspects of literature during the reign of Peter I; literature and satirical journalism during the reign of Catherine II. (Taught in Russian)
Syntactic structures and their relation to meaning and style, word order, intonation. Consolidation of morphology, vocabulary building through extensive reading. Translation, composition, and oral practice.
The lyric poetry of Pushkin, Lermontov, Tyutchev, Nekrasov, Fet, Blok, Akhmatova, Esenin, Mayakovsky, Tsvetaeva and Pasternak. Stylistic and structural aspects. Readings in Russian.
Major writers and literary groupings of the past decade; the literary process in post-Soviet Russia. (Taught in Russian)
An examination of twentieth-century literature through exploration of major literary scandals, including Blok/Bely, Mayakovsky, Voloshin, Zoshchenko/Akhmatova, the Nobel and Booker Prizes; how these illustrate tensions within literature and reveal the literary process. (Taught in Russian)
An examination of the most prominent Russian novelists of the last several decades, including Erofeev, Bitov, Sorokin and Azolsky. The genesis, structure, artistic devices and philosophical significance of their novels, critical approaches to them, cognate works. (Taught in Russian)
Structure and history. Reading and linguistic study of Old Slavonic texts.
The phonology, morphology and syntax of contemporary standard Russian from a formal and semantic standpoint.
Basic vocabulary, simple sentence patterns, essential morphology. Regular language laboratory sessions. Open only to students with no knowledge of the language.
Study of morphology through grammar drills; oral practice in the language laboratory; reading of texts from Ukrainian literature.
A general survey of Ukrainian culture through an examination of selected literary works and their historical context. The course covers the period from Kievan Rus’ to the present. Readings in English. (Offered in alternate years)
A selection of Soviet Ukrainian novels and short prose in English translation. From the intellectual novel of the 1920s, through socialist realism, to the new prose of the 1980s. Authors include Pidmohylny, Antonenko-Davydovych, Honchar, Zahrebelny, Tiutiunnyk, and Drozd. (Offered in alternate years)
A selection of literary texts depicting or reflecting the experience and perceptions of Ukrainians in Canada from the first immigrants to the present. Texts include works originally written in English, French and Ukrainian, but all readings are in English. Authors include: Kiriak, Kostash, Ryga, Galay, Suknaski, Haas. (Offered in alternate years)
This course examines the presentation of women and women’s themes in works of Ukrainian literature. The subjects covered include: role models, freedom, socialism, nationalism, feminism, and sexuality.
Review of morphology and study of syntax. Short compositions based on literary and critical texts. Voluntary language laboratory.
A cultural history of the Ukrainian capital; Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and Jewish “versions” of the city; artworks and literary texts that capture the complexity of Kyivan history and culture. Readings in the original languages encouraged but not required.
The development of the short story from Kvitka-Osnovianenko to the present day. All readings in the original. (Offered every four years)
The development of Ukrainian drama from Kotliarevsky to the present day. All readings in the original. (Offered every four years)
A survey of Ukrainian poetry from Skovoroda to the present day. All readings in the original. (Offered every four years)
Major works by Kulish, Nechui-Levytsky, Myrny, Franko, Kotsiubynsky, Kobylianska, Vynnychenko, Ianovsky, Pidmohylny, and Honchar. Readings in Ukrainian. (Offered every four years)
A critical study of Taras Shevchenko. Life, works, and significance. Readings in Ukrainian. (Offered every four years)
Beginning with an overview of the synchronic structure of Ukrainian (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax), the course introduces various styles of contemporary Ukrainian. Emphasis is on the practical usage of various styles. A number of sociolinguistic questions are examined: dialects, jargons, slang, and the language situation in contemporary Ukraine.
A survey of Ukrainian literature from the Renaissance to the National Revival:
polemical literature, baroque poetry, school drama, religious and philosophical
treatises, history-writing, dumy and satire. Major figures include Smotrysky,
Vyshensky, Prokopovych and Skovoroda. Works are read in modern Ukrainian
and English translations. (Offered every four years)
Lyric poetry, poems, selected prose and Evgeny Onegin. Pushkin and the
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This course introduces students to contemporary Ukrainian using approaches beyond grammar and traditional classroom interaction. Emphasis is on the enhancement of language skills in the context of contemporary Ukraine. Students develop practical skills based on traditional media as well as on multimedia resources, including those of the Internet.
This course introduces the problems of written translation of literary works from Ukrainian into English: evaluation and comparison of existing translations, practical exercises; treatment of common difficulties in translating, various literary genres and styles, dialectical, social, generational and other subvarieties of language, as well as idiomatic and figurative language.
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