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FLR (Foreign Language - Russian)
304
010076
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
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Russian Literature in Translation: The Twentieth Century
Rus Lit Trans 20th
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages & Literature (16FL)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 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)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
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
Lecture1515NoN/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?
FLRMinor in Russian StudiesRequired
A study of major Russian writers of the twentieth 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:
 
 
Interpret major works of twentieth-century Russian literature within their historical and cultural context.
 
 
Writing assignments, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Assignment prompt: apply the concept of Russia’s uneven and combined historical development to the protagonist of Gorky’s short story “Karamora” (1924) and explain his ambivalence about becoming a revolutionary.
 
 
Analyze stylistic elements of a literary text and relate them to the work's historical context.
 
 
Writing assignments, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Exam prompt: discuss the stylistic techniques of Vladimir Nabokov in his short story “A Letter That Never Reached Russia," as his reaction to the Russian revolution.
 
 
Acquire a selected set of concepts used in literary analysis and history of ideas about man, society, and nature. Students will examine these concepts in literary works and relate them to selected historical discourses.
 
 
Writing assignments, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Assignment prompt: describe the protagonist’s sense of moral debt to past generations in Andrei Platonov’s novel The Soul (1935) , and analyze his collectivist ethics to the individualism and separateness of Nabokov’s characters in “The Return of Chorb” and “Aurelian.”
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
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Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
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
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
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Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
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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:
 
 
Critique major works of twentieth-century Russian literature within their historical and cultural context.
 
 
Writing assignments, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Exam prompt: Analyze the concept of Russia’s uneven and combined historical development to the protagonist of Gorky’s short story “Karamora” (1924) and his ambivalence about becoming a revolutionary.
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 
Examine the problems of human existence as they were raised in twentieth-century Russian literature and discuss them in relation to those in contemporary world, including the United States.
 
 
Writing assignments, Mid-term, and Final Exam Questions. Assignment prompt: What themes and problems raised by Sholokhov's novel about the Don Cossacks remain relevant to current US politics?
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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.
 
None
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
None
 
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.
 
Maxim Gorky. The Collected Short Stories of Maxim Gorky. $15
Eduard Dune. Notes of a Red Guard. $20
Mikhail Sholokhov. Quiet Flows the Don. $11.84
Vladimir Nabokov. The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov. $15
Andrei Platonov. The Soul. $14
Alexander Solzhenitsyn. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich $9
Vasily Shukshin. Stories from a Siberian Village. $20
Yuri Trifonov. The Exchange. $15
Karl Marx. Manifesto of the Communist Party. Online
Documentary: Karl Marx and Marxism. Online
Leon Trotsky. "Peculiarities of Russia's Development." Online
Vladimir Nabokov. "Philistines and Philistinism." Online
Film: Childhood (1938). Online
Film: Quiet Flows the Don (1957). Online
Film: The Cold Summer of '53. Online
Documentary: Timeline of the Russian Revolution with John Reese. Online
Documentary: The Russian Revolution in Color. Part 1-2. Online
Documentary: Russian Civil War. Part 1-5. Online
Documentary: USSR Industrialization and the Five Year Plans under Stalin. Online
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Fundamentals of Marxism. Readings: Karl Marx. Manifesto of the Communist Party.
Documentary: Karl Marx and Marxism.

Maxim Gorky and the Uneven and Combined Development. Readings: Maxim Gorky's Short Stories. Leon Trotsky. "Peculiarities of Russia's Development." Film: Childhood (1938).

Eduard Dune and the Russian working class in Revolution and Civil War. Readings: Eduard Dune. Notes of a Red Guard. Documentary: Timeline of the Russian Revolution with John Reese. Documentary: The Russian Revolution in Color. Part 1-2.

Mikhail Sholokhov's Epic and its relevance to our time. Readings: Mikhail Sholokhov's novel Quiet Flows the Don. Film: Quiet Flows the Don. Documentary: Russian Civil War. Part 1-5.

Vladimir Nabokov and the Aesthetics of the Counterrevolution. Readings: Vladimir Nabokov's short stories and his essay "Philistines and Philistinism."

The Socialist Realism of Andrei Platonov. Readings: Andrei Platonov's novel The Soul and short stories “Third Son” and “The Return.” Documentary: USSR Industrialization and the Five Year Plans under Stalin.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the significance of his novel about Soviet labor camps. Readings: Alexander Solzhenitsyn's novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Film: The Cold Summer of '53.

Yury Trifonov and his critique of Soviet intelligentsia. Readings: Yuri Trifonov's novel The Exchange.

The “village prose” of Vasily Shukshin and Russian cultural nationalism. Readings: Short stories by Vasily Shukshin.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
None
This course will be taught as a part of the instructor's regular course load.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe key social and political ideas, issues and trends in 20th-century Russian literature and relate them to modern Russia’s history and analyze and interpret literature as a battlefield of ideas and political struggles.


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 20th 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 twentieth-century Russian literature to our time.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes20% of the final gradeN/A
Midterm30% of the final gradeN/A
Final Exam40% of the final gradeN/A
Homework10% of the final gradebrief reports (5-10 minutes) for class presentation
Participation-Additional credits up to ten points toward the overall grade will be given to students for consistent and meaningful class participation, including contributions to the course forum
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Fundamentals of MarxismWeek 1Lecture, readings, screenings, class discussions.
Maxim Gorky and the Uneven and Combined Development.Week 1-2Lectures, readings, screenings, class discussions, short home assignments. Reading quiz.
Eduard Dune and the Russian working class in Revolution and Civil War. week 3-4Lectures, readings, screenings, short home assignments, class discussions. Reading quiz.
Mikhail Sholokhov's Epic and its relevance to our time.week 5-8Lectures, readings, screenings, short home assignments, class discussions. Reading quiz.
Vladimir Nabokov and the Aesthetics of the Counterrevolutionweek 9Lectures, readings, short home assignments, class discussions. Midterm exam.
The Socialist Realism of Andrei Platonov.Week 10-11Lectures, readings, screenings, short home assignments, class discussions. Reading quiz.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the significance of his novel about Soviet labor camps.week 12Lecture, readings, screenings, short home assignments, class discussions.
Yury Trifonov and his critique of Soviet intelligentsiaweek 13Lecture, readings , short home assignments, class discussions.
The “village prose” of Vasily Shukshin and Russian cultural nationalism. week 14-15Lecture, readings, short home assignments, class discussions.

aeherget (Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:52:11 GMT): AECHH: Edits to match provided syllabus via email. 9.19.2016
aeherget (Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:11:18 GMT): AECHH: Update to CIP Code. 9.21.2016
aeherget (Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:05:21 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus per instructor's request via email. 10-3-2016
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