Marina Rojavin

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 work(802) 443-2006
 Sunderland Language Center

I was born in Ukraine. A journalist by college education, I worked as an editor in the USSR. I received my Ph.D. in Russian Linguistics at the O. Potebnia Institute for Linguistics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine. My dissertation focused on The Gender Category in Modern Russian. I taught Russian language and literature at Temple University and at Swarthmore College.

 

Some of my professional interests are: semantic gender category in modern Russian and Ukrainian and the Russian grammatical gender as a source of metaphorical thinking; origin, development, and transformation of the Russian literary and historical anecdote; Russian philosophers and intellectuals in Imperial Russia.

 

I love grammar and try to convince my students that grammar is an appealing thing, sharing funny stories about punctuation marks and parts of sentences with them. I like tongue-twisters, proverbs, and sayings– we practice them in class with students who usually pronounce tongue-twisters better than I do. I like hard rock and classical music. When work overwhelms me, I go to the kitchen and cook. I enjoy food in restaurants as well.

I enjoy trips: hiking or traveling by car through Alaska or the Apennine Mountains or the Alps.

 

This link will take you to the syllabus for my "Russian Intelligentsia in Soviet Cinema" class.

 

This link will take you to the syllabus for my "Advanced Russian Composition" class.

 

My Home Page

https://www.brynmawr.edu/people/marina-rojavin

 
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RUSS 6517 - Advanced Russian Composition      

This course is designed to offer intensive practice in composition to develop students’ skills in writing. Students will acquire the proficiency necessary to produce texts of different styles and genres in Russian. We will explore the relationship between fact and writing and will focus on different types of texts, e.g. personal diary, essay, non-fiction forms, fictional short stories, literary criticism, etc. We will read diaries of contemporaries, short stories by Pelevin, Tolstaya, and Buida, and essays by Genis and Vail’. During class meetings, students will participate in improvisations and write texts on randomly chosen topics. They will prepare written assignments and produce written works in different genres. Language & Stylistics

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6519 - Media Language & Culture      

Media Language and Culture in Modern Russia

Rapid changes in the social and political arenas have had a significant impact on the language of Russian media and on their linguistic identity since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This course will explore various aspects of language culture in the Russian media space and the ways in which language fixes innovations and mirrors changes in the society. Questions to be examined include: what is the norm in contemporary Russian? What linguistic ideologies and strategies do we find in various media sources? How are texts encoded? Students will read and analyze various media sources including online newspapers (vedomosti.ru, gazeta.ru, novayagazeta.ru, grani.ru, etc.). Students will practice in interpreting and examining readings and participate in the discussion of the texts assigned for reading. They will prepare written and oral assignments and write essays and short reports. Civ Cul & Soc Linguistics

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6672 - Films of German and Muratova      

German & Muratova: Auteur Cinema in Mainstream Soviet Culture

This course will explore the cinematic art, technique, and style of Aleksei German and Kira Muratova. In analyzing their films, which were outside of the mainstream, students will discover advancements in film aesthetics and techniques in the broader context of the continuous evolution of cinematic art and Soviet culture at large. The course incorporates readings of criticism, as well as detailed analyses and discussion of the cinematic works with two film screenings weekly. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6692 - Reading & New Media in the 21C      

Text, Context, Intertext: Readings and New Media in the 21st Century

The goal of this course is to develop students’ skills in reading and interpreting contemporary texts in the post-Soviet era. They will learn how to comprehend the background of the text, to grasp the meaning of the context, and to distinguish intertexts. Students will work with different kinds of new media texts including online news, social media excerpts, forums, YouTube videos, interviews, etc. They will read articles of Shenderovich, Rubinshtein, and Milshtein; political verses of Bykov; and essays of Tolstaya and Genis. Students will gain practice in examining and interpreting texts, from the assigned readings to those found by the students themselves. They will also have the opportunity to improvise and write texts of various genres on a range of topics. Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6706 - Soviet Cinema: 70's & 80's      

Soviet Cinema of the 70s & 80s – New Heroes and Heroines *

This course will focus on new character archetypes in Soviet cinema during the Brezhnev era – a period of economic and cultural stagnation. Many films of this period demonstrate an antihero/antiheroine, neither negative nor positive, who deconstructs the Soviet norm of behavior, lifestyle, and perspective. Students will watch films that belong to popular culture, as well as films outside the mainstream. Films of the prominent directors G. Panfilov, P. Todorovsky, N. Mikhalkov, G. Danelia, A. German, R. Balaian, and others, will be screened. The course incorporates readings that complement the film content, as well as detailed analyses of the cinematic works, and will feature two film screenings weekly.
Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6707 - Women thru History Russ Cinema      

Women through the History of Russian Cinema

This course will explore the history of Russian cinema through the role assigned to women in films of pre-revolutionary Russia, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era. Study of the “woman question” in cinema will include cultural developments and exploration of significant directors and genres. Students will watch films that examine the cultural tendency to define the role of women in retrospective and contemporary society. Films by Yevgeni Bauer, a prominent director who was present at the beginning of world cinema, will be screened, as well as films by other world-renowned directors such as Romm, Mikhalkov, Tarkovsky, Muratova, and Shepitko.

This course includes readings of literary works and criticism, as well as detailed analyses and discussion of the cinematic works, with two film screenings weekly. Students will prepare written and oral assignments including four essays, a journal, and a final paper and project. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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RUSS 6752 - Tarkovsky/Mainstrm/Sov Culture      

Tarkovsky, the Mainstream, and Soviet Culture

This course will explore the cinematic art of Andrei Tarkovsky, a Soviet filmmaker who produced some of the most compelling and significant cinematic works of the 20th century. Tarkovsky established his technique and personal style as his main priority and developed his own cinematic language. Looking at his films alongside films that were made at the same time, students will examine cinematic art in the broader context of Soviet culture. Films by Konchalovsky, Todorovsky, Shukshin, Iosseliani, and others will be screened. The course incorporates readings of criticism and Tarkovsky’s own writing, as well as detailed analyses of the cinematic works. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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