Theory and Methods of Comparative Linguistics

Diachronic and synchronic approaches to the study of comparative linguistics in phonology, morphology, morphophonemics, syntax, and lexical categories in the context of the world's languages. Both Indo-European and non-Indo-European languages. Topics include theories of reconstruction, languages in contact, abductive processes, questions of linguistic typology and cultural-based approaches to the analytical study of human languages. Research project required. One course.

Legal and Business Russian

Analysis of Russian language and culture in the area of legal studies and conducting business in or with Russia and other Commonwealth of Independent States countries. Primary materials include legal codes, law journals, contracts, advertising, financial documents, redactions of the Soviet and Russian constitutions (1905-present).

Stylistic and Compositional Elements of Scholarly Russian

Intensive study of Russian scholarly and scientific texts from a variety of disciplines, including biology, business, anthropology, economics, law, history, mathematics, physics, political sciences, sociology, psychology, linguistics, and literary criticism. Mastery of stylistic and discourse strategies. Analysis of cultural patterning in textual construction in the humanities, social and natural sciences. Taught in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 204 or consent of instructor. One course.

Semiotics and Linguistics (DS4)

A survey of modern semiotics, particularly the works of C.S. Peirce, Roman Jakobson, Yury Lotman, Roland Barthes and Umberto Eco. Analysis of semiotic works directly related to questions of the construction of cultural and linguistic meaning, and linguistic sign theory. Emphasis on semiotic theories from a multi-cultural perspective, especially the European, Tartu, Soviet, and American schools. Research project required. One course.

Semiotics of Culture

The theory of literature, arts, ethnicity, modernity, and culture from a cross-cultural perspective. Texts include the theory of literature, arts, ethnicity, modernity, and culture from a cross-cultural perspective. Texts include the critical works of Lotman and the Tartu School, Bakhtin, Eco, Kristeva, Voloshinov, Medvedev, Barthes, Todorov, Jakobson, Ivanov, and Sebeok, as well as authentic culture texts from Slavic and European traditions. Research project required. One course.

Soviet Life through the Camera's Lens

An in-depth look at images and representations of Soviet life through Soviet and Russian film. Film texts include films shown in theatres, television films and forbidden films/films with a very limited distribution. Emphasis on the period from the mid-1970s through 1991. Course taught in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 301S or equivalent or consent of instructor. One course.

Advanced Russian

Intensive exposure to Russian word formation with an emphasis on the students' refinement of oral and written language skills. Development of discourse strategies and writing style through textual analysis, compositions and essays. Taught in Russian. Prerequisite: RUSSIAN 302S or consent of instructor. One course.

Global Russia

Globalization of Russian culture as manifested in popular and academic cultural forms, including political ideologies, media and artistic texts, film, theater and television, markets, educational and legal institutions, historical and contemporary social movements.

Back in the U.S.S.R.: Everyday Soviet Culture, 1956-1989

Draws on film, fiction, songs, oral histories, and anthropological studies to explore the cultural expressions, lifestyles, ethical values, and sociopolitical concerns of postwar/Cold War generations of Soviet citizens. Highlighted topics: youth culture, the new consumerism, coping with the Stalinist legacy, politically dissident art and actions, the retreat into private life and nature, the rise of nationalisms. One course.

The Frontiers and Minorities of the Tsarist and Soviet Empires

Introduces multiconfessional, multilingual, multicultural composition of Russian & Soviet empires with questions concerning minorities in an imperial context. Learn about construction, interaction, and manipulation of cultures and identities. Balance Tsarist & Soviet efforts to modernize and Russify minorities, such as Ashkenazi Jews, Poles, & Turkic Muslims, against negotiated transformation and cultural resilience of minorities.