Friday, October 7, 2011

Second 8-Weeks SLAV Courses

SLAV-R 229  Russian Folk Tales  (3 cr.)
TR 5:45-07:50 pm, BH 246, Dr. Miriam Shrager Section 36499, 2nd 8 weeks CASE A&H, CASE GCC

This course is designed to introduce students to a wide selection of Russian folk tales, their structure, aesthetic and socio-cultural values. The course will mainly focus on two types of folk tales: fairy tales (the “magic tale”) and animal tales (the fable). Students will learn various approaches and theories of analyzing folk tales and explaining their origin (i.e. stylistic, formalist, psychoanalytical, and others). The course will also examine Russian folk tale motifs in other art media, such as visual arts, music, cinema, and ballet.  For more information, contact


SLAV-R 352  Russian and Soviet Film  (3 cr.) MW 4:00P-8:00P, BH 205, Prof. Justyna Beinek Section 9784, 2nd 8 weeks CASE A&H, CASE GCC

This course is an introduction to Russian and Soviet cinema since the 1920s (films: October by Eisenstein (1927), Bed and Sofa by Room (1927), Man with a Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov (1929),); in the post-Stalinist Soviet period (films: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors by Parajanov (1964), The Mirror by Tarkovsky (1975), Irony of Fate by Ryazanov (1975), Moscow Doesn’t Believe in Tears (1979)); during the perestroika period (films: Repentance by Abuladze (1984-87) and Little Vera by Pichul (1988)); and in the post-communist times (films:
Passions by Muratova (1994), Oscar-winning Burnt by the Sun by Mikhalkov (1994), Brother by Bodrov (1997), and The Russian Ark by Sokurov (2002)). Films are shown and discussed in thematic modules:
Private/Public Sphere, Women/Gender, History, War and Memory, Ideology, and Comedy. No knowledge of Russian necessary; all films shown with English subtitles.

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