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FLR (Foreign Language - Russian)
303
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Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
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Russian Literature in Translation: The Nineteenth Century
Rus Lit Trans 19th
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages & Literature (16FL)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Vladimir Bilenkin
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
None
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16RUMMinor in Russian StudiesRequired
A study of the great Russian writers of the nineteenth century. Examination of peculiarly Russian as well as the universal aspects of this literature. All readings, lectures and discussions in English.

GEP HUM review


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Examine major works of nineteenth-century Russian literature within their historical and cultural context and discuss peculiarly Russian as well as the universal aspects of this literature.
 
 
Short home assignments, reading quizzes, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions.
Assignment prompt: discuss Platon Karataev’s philosopy of life in Tolstoy’s War and Peace and relate it to the ideology of Russian peasantry. Compare Karataev’s ideas to Tomberg’s contrast between Russian and American attitudes to suffering.
 
 
Analyze stylistic elements of a literary work and relate them to the work's historical context.
 
 
Writing assignments, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Assignment prompt: Discuss the stylistic techniques of Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons as representative of Russia’s historical development.
 
 
Acquire a selected set of concepts used in literary criticism and the history of ideas about man, nature, society, and history. Students will be asked to examine these concepts in literary works and relate them to selected historical discourses.
 
 
Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Exam prompt: relate Erich Auerbach’s description of Russian realism in Mimesis as “ the unqualified, unlimited, and passionate intensity of experience in the characters portrayed… which had become a rare phenomenon in western civilization of the nineteenth century” to the “backwardness” of Russia’s historical development in relation to Western Europe. Use examples from Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
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Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
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Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
Examine major works of nineteenth-century Russian literature within their historical and cultural context and discuss Russian as well as the universal aspects of this literature.
 
 
Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Exam prompt: describe ideological differences between Pavel Kirsanov and Bazarov in Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons as representative of Russia’s uneven and combined historical development.
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 
Discuss the range of human experience portrayed in selected works of 19th-century Russian literature and interpret it against the backdrop of European ideas about society, man, nature, and history.
 
 
Writing assignments, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions.
Assignment prompt: relate Erich Auerbach’s description of Russian realism in Mimesis as “ the unqualified, unlimited, and passionate intensity of experience in the characters portrayed… which had become a rare phenomenon in western civilization of the nineteenth century” to the “backwardness” of Russia’s historical development in relation to Western Europe. Use examples from Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
N/A
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
N/A
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
None
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
None
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Ivan Turgenev. Fathers and Sons. $16
Leo Tolstoy. War and Peace. $20
Fyodor Dostoevsky. The Gambler. $10
Anton Chekhov. Plays. $20
Leon Trotsky. “The Peculiarity of Russian History.” Online
Valentin Tomberg. “The East European conception of suffering.” Online
Leo Tolstoy. Alyosha the Pot. Online.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Peculiarities of Russian history. Realism of Russian Literature. Great Reforms and Russian Political Radicalism. Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. Slavophiles and Westernizers. Dostoevsky and his conception of Russian European. Leo Tolstoy’s life and thought. The historical context of Tolstoy’s writing War and Peace. Tolstoy’s philosophy of history and contemporaneous discourses of history. Napoleon and Kutuzov. Peace and war in the novel. Chekhov's Theater.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None.
This course is taught as the instructor's regular course load.

A study of the great Russian writers of the nineteenth century. Examination of peculiarly Russian as well as the universal aspects of this literature. All readings, lectures and discussions in English.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course the student will: 


- acquire a basic knowledge of major periods, themes and issues of Russian literature of the 19th century;


- learn to distinguish between the views or perspectives within the literary work, those of its author, characters and one's own;


- identify major existential, social, historical, and philosophical questions raised in the literary works assigned; 


- learn to relate given literary works to their Russian and European historical and ideological context. 


- learn to relate the existential, social and philosophical themes of Russian literature to our time.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes20%Reading quizzes, graded Pass/Fail.
Midterm30%N/A
Final Exam40%N/A
Homework10%Home assignments in the form of brief reports (5-10 minutes) for class presentation.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Peculiarities of Russian history. Realism of Russian Literature. Week 1-3Lectures, reading, class discussions.
Great Reforms and Russian Political Radicalism. Week 2Lectures, reading, class discussions.
Turgenev's Fathers and Sons.Week 1-3Lectures, reading, class discussions, reading quiz.
Slavophiles and Westernizers.Week 3Lectures, reading, class discussions.
Dostoevsky and his conception of Russian European. Week 3-4Lectures, reading, class discussions, reading quiz.
Leo Tolstoy. War & Peaceweek 5-13Lectures, reading, class discussions, reading quizzes.
Anton Chekhov's TheaterWeek 14-15Lectures, reading, class discussions, reading quiz.

aeherget (Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:43:13 GMT): AECHH: Updated the Student Learning Outcomes and Course Description at the request of the instructor, Vladimir Bilenkin via email (9-14-2016) and phone 9-15-2016.
aeherget (Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:45:05 GMT): AECHH: Updated Grading Components at Dr. Belinkin's request via phone. 9.15.2016
aeherget (Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:28:42 GMT): AECHH: Uploaded Syllabus at instructor's request. 9.16.2016
aeherget (Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:59:31 GMT): AECHH: Adjusted CIP code. 9.21.2016
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