Russian Literature in Translation

Course Details

Course Number: 5913  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 210

Days & Times:

TR 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.



Course Attachments

syllabus  Russian Literature Syllabus Fall 2008-English 5913-20120312-105319.DOC

Textbooks

The Portable Nineteeenth Century Russsian Reader
Edited by George Gibian, Penguin Books, 1993.
The Portable Twentieth Century Russian Reader
Edited by Clarence Brown, Penguin Books, 1985.
MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Tom Hoffman   
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Course Objectives

 

 

Objectives:  To provide an increased understanding of representative works of 19th and 20th-century Russian Literature from approximately 1825 to 2000. The focus of our attention will be upon such major writers as Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov as well as many other notable Russian writers.  Our goal will be accomplished by studying the historical and aesthetic and technical aspects of the     various Russian authors and by examining historical, cultural, sociological, psycho-logical, religious and humanistic causes of the themes and techniques of the writers.


Course Expectations

 

Requirements:  Students will explore the characteristics of Russian Literature in the works of both 19th and 20th century Russia as we analyze the social, historical and political forces influencing the literature of those periods.  We will question and reconsider the validity of movements such as Social Darwinism and the psychological implications of Freudian thought as they led to the experimental nature of the early and modern Russian Literature.  Through the synthesis of old and new knowledge, we will develop and sharpen our critical skills of literary appraisal applicable to this period.


Grading Standards

 

 

Grades:   Grades will be earned by students taking two major exams and possible reading quizzes (to be determined by classroom discussion responses).  Graduate students are expected to select one major work by a significant Russian author and write a formal, computer-generated, scholarly documented, MLA-Style research paper of seven to fifteen pages in length. The papers will count as one-third of the student’s grade, and the objective mid-term and final examinations will count as one third.    Additionally, during the course of the semester, students will be expected to make an in-class presentation on their selected work of their chosen author.  That presentation will count as one third of the student’s grade. 


Final Exam12/9/2010  1:00 - 3:00

Submission Format Policy

All essays are to  be typed MLA Style.



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All assignments are expected to be submitted on time unless there are extenuating circumstances, and an office conference is required.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

Attendance:  Students are expected to attend each and every class and should not have more than two absences.  Excessive absences may result in the student’s grade for the semester being lowered one full letter grade OR the student being dropped from the course with a failing grade of “F.”


Other Policies

Cell phone use is not permitted in class. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.