Assistant Professor — Ph.D., University of Illinois
Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
C L 323 • Slavs In Western Imaginatn
TTH 930am-1100am NOA 1.110
(also listed as
EUS 347, REE 325 )
"Russians and Serbs and Poles, oh my!" -- Slavs in Western Imagination explores literary works and some popular culture items from Western Europe and North America that feature various Slavic characters in the roles of villain, rebel, romantic lover, manipulative marriage-wrecker, etc. The course will address such questions as how the boundary between East and West came to exist within Europe (one historian argues that it pre-dates the Cold War by a couple of centuries), why, for example, the West has been obsessed with the idea that one of the royal Russian princesses (Anastasia) survived the communist purge, and what Sting meant in his song by "I hope the Russians love their children too." We will cover some of the West's best-known literary classics as well scenes from HBO's Sex and the City where Carrie dates a Russian artist.
Fall 2010 SC 312K Second Year Serbian/Croatian I
This course continues to build the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills acquired in S_C 506 and 507. We will review as well as expand basic grammar, increase vocabulary, and become more proficient in communication.