RUS 390 • OLD CHURCH SLAVONIC
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
Old Church Slavonic is the first literary language in the Slavic world, defined by the religious texts translated by the Apostles to the Slavs (Cyril and Methodius) and their followers in the ninth through eleventh centuries, first in Moravia (today's Czech Republic), and then in Bulgaria. This historical language remained the linguistic model for ecclesiastical texts (including chants and hymns) in the Orthodox Slavic world (including Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Macedonia) and remains a source of stylistic richness in the corresponding languages today, exploited in everything from poetry to journalistic writing. The course is anchored by analysis of the extant texts, but will include extensive discussion of the historical and social context of their original recording and later dissemination, and of their enduring cultural legacy extending to the present.
Student evaluation: The course grade will be assigned on the basis of the following criteria, in the indicated proportions: Periodic homework assignments: 20% Three in-class examinations: 45% Oral presentation: 10% Class preparation and participation: 25%
There is no textbook for the course. Readings will be from a course packet made available at a duplicating center to be announced in class and handouts.