The sources of the Slavic proverb, the proverb as microtext of national stereotypes, and its function in modern literature and culture. West, South and East Slavic proverbs contrasted with other Indo-European language families. Theoretical aspects include explications of the relationship of language and culture and problems of translation. Taught in English or Russian. Readings in Russian with excerpts from other Slavic languages. Taught in St. Petersburg, Russia.