Matthew P. Walker

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

 
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Courses

Course List: 

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RUSS 3202 - Basic Intermediate Russian      

For students with approximately 150 hours of prior formal classroom instruction in Russian. In this class, students review the basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and improve their mastery of this foundation of the language while acquiring an active vocabulary of approximately 1,500 words. Students typically complete this course with intermediate-mid language skills. LNG

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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RUSS 3203 - Basic Intermediate Russian      

For students with approximately 150 hours of prior formal classroom instruction in Russian. In this class, students review the basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and improve their mastery of this foundation of the language while acquiring an active vocabulary of approximately 1,500 words. Students typically complete this course with intermediate-mid language skills.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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RUSS 3204 - Basic Intermediate Russian      

For students with approximately 150 hours of prior formal classroom instruction in Russian. In this class, students review the basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and improve their mastery of this foundation of the language while acquiring an active vocabulary of approximately 1,500 words. Students typically complete this course with intermediate-mid language skills.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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RUSS 3205 - Basic Intermediate Russian      

For students with approximately 150 hours of prior formal classroom instruction in Russian. In this class, students review the basic grammatical and syntactical structures of the Russian language and improve their mastery of this foundation of the language while acquiring an active vocabulary of approximately 1,500 words. Students typically complete this course with intermediate-mid language skills.

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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RUSS 0101 - Beginning Russian      

Beginning Russian
This course is an approach to the language using four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). It provides a firm control of the sound system and the structure of Russian. Although much emphasis is put on the spoken colloquial language, reading, writing, and a conscious understanding of the fundamentals of grammar prepare a strong foundation for work in advanced courses or for reading in specialized fields. 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. drill. LNG

Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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RUSS 0102 - Beginning Russian      

Beginning Russian
This course is a continuation of RUSS 0101. (RUSS 0101 or equivalent) LNG WTR

Winter 2017

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RUSS 0103 - Beginning Russian      

Beginning Russian
This course is a continuation of the approach used in RUSS 0102, but with increased emphasis on reading. (RUSS 0102) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. drill. LNG

Spring 2018

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RUSS 0122 - The Russian Mind (in English)      

The Russian Mind (in English)
In this course we will study the dominant themes of Russia's past and their role in shaping the present-day Russian mind. Topics will include: Slavic mythology; Russian Orthodoxy; Russian icons; the concept of autocracy; the legacy of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great; the Golden Age of Russian Literature (Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky); Russian composers, including the "Mighty Five"; Russian theater and ballet; the origins of Russian radicalism; the Russian Revolution; the legacy of Lenin and Stalin; and Russia from Khrushchev to Putin. 3 hrs. lect. AAL HIS LIT NOA

Spring 2018

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RUSS 0201 - Intermediate Russian      

Intermediate Russian
Systematic review of grammar and development of the spoken and written skills attained in Beginning Russian. (RUSS 0103 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. drill LNG

Fall 2016

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RUSS 0202 - Intermediate Russian      

Intermediate Russian
Continuation of the approach used in RUSS 0201. Reading of contemporary Russian texts, conversation, and written assignments in Russian based on reading assignments. (RUSS 0201 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./3 hrs. drill LNG

Spring 2017

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RUSS 0217 - Revolution: Art & Soviet Cult      

The Idea of Revolution: Aesthetics, Politics and the Avant-Garde in Early Soviet Culture
In this course we will explore intersections between aesthetics and politics in the context of one of the great upheavals of the twentieth century, the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the rise of the Soviet Union. How might art represent a revolutionary politics, and in what ways might it betray it? What does Communism mean for artistic production? We will consider these and other questions across different media, including literature, cinema, and the plastic arts. We will discuss works by Mayakovsky, Malevich, Babel, Zamiatin, Tatlin, Eisenstein, Vertov, Olesha, Platonov, and others. Taught in English. 3 hrs. lect. AAL ART LIT NOA

Fall 2017

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RUSS 0312 - Russ Cult and Civ II      

Russian Culture and Civilization II
This course is a continuation of RUSS 0311 but may be taken independently. It offers a bilingual approach to the study of Russian culture from the second half of the nineteenth century to the present. Works of literature, art, and music will be examined in their historical and political context. Particular attention will be devoted to the improvement of oral and written skills. (RUSS 0202 or equivalent) (formerly RUSS 0412) 3 hrs. lect. EUR LIT LNG

Spring 2017

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RUSS 0359 / ENAM 0359 - The Art Of Nabokov      

The Art of Vladimir Nabokov (in English)
A study of the "perverse" aesthetics of this Russian-American writer. We will expose the hidden plots under the surface of his fiction, follow and arbitrate the ongoing contest between the author and his fictional heroes, and search for the roots of Nabokov's poetics in Western and Russian literary traditions. An attempt will be made to show the continuity between the Russian and English works of this bilingual and bicultural writer. 3 hrs. lect. AMR LIT NOR

Spring 2017

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RUSS 0500 - Advanced Independent Study      

Advanced Studies in Language and Literature
Supervised individual study for highly qualified students. (Approval required)

Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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RUSS 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

Senior Independent Study
(Approval required)

Fall 2016, Fall 2017

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