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Keith Livers

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Michigan

Keith Livers

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REE 385 • History Of Russian Cinema

45575 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GEA 127
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This seminar is a survey of Russian Cinema from the 1910s to approximately 1980. The goal is to give students an overview of the historical, political and cultural contexts that produced some of the most important films of the 20th century. The course will emphasize the main genres, styles and directors of each period, beginning with the silent film era and ending with the with several films from the 1970s and 1980s. Particular attention will be paid to the political and cultural ideologies that inform the films in question. Class meetings will consist of lecture and discussion and viewing of relevant clips.

Readings:

Course pack containing all relevant materials

Grading requirements:

participation = 30%, in-class presentation = 10%, final research paper = 60%

Course prerequisite: Graduate standing.

REE 325 • Major Works Of Dostoevsky

45250 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm RLM 5.122
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, E 322, EUS 347, RUS 360 )
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This course explores the dilemmas of homicide, suicide, patricide and redemption in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky — Russia’s greatest chronicler of human suffering and triumph. Over the course of the semester we will read a number of Dostoevsky’s greatest works, including Notes From Underground, Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. At the same time, we will look at the contemporary intellectual and social trends relevant to the development of Dostoevsky’s career as a writer and thinker.

Required Texts:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes From Underground, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky

READINGS SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY DATE INDICATED BELOW

Most classes will consist of both lecture and discussion.  Since part of the course grade is based on informed participation, it is imperative that you do ALL of the readings by the day in which they appear in the syllabus. 

СOURSE REQUIREMENTS:

 

            1. Regular attendance/participation

            2. Completion of required readings by date indicated in          syllabus

            3. Course work/Course Credit:

            3 essays (5-6 pages each): 70%   

            Participation: 20%

            4. Attendance: 10%

REE 385 • Russian Lit And The Devil

44880 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BEN 1.106
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This course will examine Russian literature’s extensive reflection on the nature and place of evil in human existence. After looking at a few key texts from the medieval period, we will move on to the most important 19th and 20th century authors and texts that use the Devil as a point of departure in their exploration of the darker corners of the human spirit. Among these are Lermontov’s “Demon,” Gogol’s Petersburg Stories, Dostoevsky’s Demons, Sologub’s Petty Demon, Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita and others.

Readings :

Lermontov’s Demon

Gogol’s Petersburg Stories

Dostoevsky’s Demons

Sologub’s Petty Demon

Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita

Requirements and Grading

  1. Regular attendance and participation.
  2. Completion of required readings by date assigned (consult syllabus).
  3. Course Work/ Course Credit:

1 presentations (15-20 minutes); 20 page research paper.

Prerequisite

Graduate Standing

REE 325 • Consprcy Contemp Amer/Rus Cul

44630 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 301
(also listed as RUS 356 )
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There is no denying that conspiracy thinking has become an important—perhaps even unavoidable—part of the cultural landscape in the past decades. The spectrum of paranoia in contemporary (American) culture extends from fiction to film and television, and beyond. This course examines a rich and constantly growing body of conspiracist expression, from such historical texts as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to the intricately woven fictional worlds of Phillip K. Dick, Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon and Viktor Pelevin. We will also be looking at such pop cultural explorations of the theme as Chris Carter’s The X-Files, Wachowski Brothers’ The Matrix, and Timur Bekmambetov’s Night/Day Watch. Theoretical works by Jodi Dean, Peter Knight, Daniel Pipes and others will be used to provide a theoretical frame for the primary materials.

Required Texts:

Dick, Phillip K. Ubik.

DeLillo, Don. Libra.

Pelevin, Viktor. Homo Zapiens

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49.

Pelevin, Viktor. Homo Zapiens.

Pelevin, Viktor. Omon Ra.

Sorokin, Vladimir. The Ice Trilogy

Grading:

Three essays: 70%

Presentation: 20%

Participation: 10%            

REE 325 • Contemporary Russian Cinema

44665 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm SZB 284
(also listed as RUS 330 )
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This course will use both contemporary Russian film as a means of exploring the confusion that resulted from the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the search for a new sense of identity in Russia throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. We will look at the work of Russia's best contemporary (and not quite so contemporary) directors, such as Pavel Lungin,  Aleksei Balabanov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Zviaginstev and Aleksandr Sokurov as an entry-point into the soul of contemporary Russia.

Requirements: Active in-class participation, three 6-page papers and one presentation (approx. 15 minute presentation) with a partner.

Required/recommended films: 

The Brother (1997), Aleksei Balabanov

Close to Eden (1993), Nikita Mikhalkov

Father and Son (2003), Aleksandr Sokurov

Four (2003), Ilya Krzhanovskii

House of Fools (2002), Andrei Konchalovsky

Luna Park (1991), Pavel Lungin

Mermaid (2007), Anna Melikyan

Nightwatch (2004), Timur Bekmabetov

Of Freaks and Men (1997), Aleksei Balabanov

Prisoner of the Mountains (1996), Sergei Bodrov

The Return (2003), Andrei Zviagintsev

Russian Ark (2002), Aleksandr Sokurov

Siberian Barber (1998), Nikita Mikhalkov

The Thief (1997), Pavel Chukhrai

Grading:

Participation   20%

3 essays (5-6 pages) 60%

1 presentation 20%

REE 385 • History Of Russian Cinema

44715 • Spring 2012
Meets TH 200pm-500pm CBA 4.338
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Course Description

 This course is a survey of Russian Cinema from the 1920s to the present day. The goal is to give students an overview of the historical, political and cultural contexts that produced some of the most important films of the 20th century. The course will emphasize the main genres, styles and directors of each period, beginning with the revolutionary 1920s and ending with the most recent trends and developments in Russian film. Particular attention will be paid to the political and cultural ideologies that inform the films in question. Class meetings will consist of lecture and discussion and viewing of relevant clips. A separate screening of the films will precede each week’s discussion. 

 

Texts:

Beumers, Birgit. A History of Russian Cinema: Berg Publishers, 2009.

Course pack (available at the Dobie Mall).

FILMS:

Yakov Protozanov, Aelita (1924), Sergei Eisenstein, The Battleship Potemkin (1925), Dziga Vertov, Man With A Movie-Camera (1929), Aleksandr Dovzhenko, Earth (1930), Grigorii Aleksandrov, Circus (1936), Mikhail Kalatozov, Cranes Are Flying (1957), Andrei Tarkovsky, Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Aleksandr Askol’dov, Commissar (1967), Vladimir Menshov, Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980), Vasilii Pichul’, Litte Vera (1988), Pavel Lungin, Taxi Blues (1992), Nikita Mikhalkov, Burnt By The Sun (1994), Aleksei Balabanov, The Brother (1997), Aleksandr Sokurov, Russian Ark (2003), Andrei Zviagintsev, The Return (2003).

 

Requirements and Grading

Active in-class participation, one presentation, one 15-20 page research paper.

REE 325 • Major Works Of Dostoevsky

44467 • Fall 2011
Meets MW 400pm-530pm PAR 301
(also listed as CTI 345, RUS 360 )
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Course Description

This course explores the dilemmas of homicide, suicide, patricide and redemption in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky—Russia’s greatest chronicler of human suffering and triumph.  Over the course we will immerse ourselves in three of Dostoevsky’s most important works—Notes From the Underground, Crime and Punishment, and finally The Brothers Karamazov. At the same time, we will look at the contemporary intellectual and social trends, as well as the political realities relevant to the development of Dostoevsky’s career as a writer and thinker.  In addition, we will view several film adaptations of these works.  Classes will consist of lecture and discussion. All readings are in English.

Texts:

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes From Underground, tr. Michael Katz (Norton Critical Edition)

Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volkhonsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, tr. Richard Pevear & Larissa Volkhonsky

Course pack (available at Speedway in Dobie Mall

Requirements and Grading

Two short essays (3 pages)                        30%

Long Essay (10 pages)                              40%

In-Class Presentation                                10%

Quizzes/Informed Participation/In

Class Discussion                                       20%

NOTE:  Course essays are an opportunity for you to explore in greater depth the issues raised in lectures and class discussions.  They DO NOT require you to do extensive outside/secondary research.  First and foremost, they should be based on an informed and creative reading of the texts in question.  If you are interested in finding out more about Dostovsky on the internet, I suggest that you go to the following site:  http://222.kiosek.com/dostoevsky/links.html.

Prerequisites

Upper Division Standing.

REE 325 • Contemporary Russian Cinema

45165 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 300pm-400pm PAR 206
(also listed as RUS 330 )
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This course will use both contemporary Russian film as a means of exploring the confusion that resulted from the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the search for a new sense of identity in Russia throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. We will look at the work of Russia's best contemporary (and not quite so contemporary) directors, such as Pavel Lungin,  Aleksei Balabanov, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Zviaginstev and Aleksandr Sokurov as an entry-point into the soul of contemporary Russia.

REE 325 • Major Works Of Dostoevsky

44525 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm PAR 101
(also listed as CTI 345, RUS 360 )
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Course Description

This course explores the dilemmas of homicide, suicide, patricide and redemption in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky—Russia’s greatest chronicler of human suffering and triumph. Over the course of the session we will read three of Dostoevsky’s most important works—Notes From the Underground, Crime and Punishment and finally The Brothers Karamazov. Contemporary intellectual and social trends, as well as the political realities relevant to the development of Dostoevsky’s career as a writer and thinker will be included as the necessary background for understanding Dostoevsky’s career. In addition, we will view several film adaptations of these works. Classes will consist of lecture and discussion.

Texts:

Notes From Underground, ed. & tr. Michael Katz

Crime and Punishment, tr. Larissa Volkhonsky & Richard Pevear 

Demons, tr. Larissa Volkhonsky & Richard Pevear 

The Brothers Karamozov, tr. Larissa Volkhonsky & Richard Pevear 

Requirements and Grading

5-7 page essay         20%

Rewrite                   15%

5-7 page essay         20%

Mid term                  10%

Final                           10%

Weekly critiques         15%

Attendance                  5%

Prerequisites

Upper division standing or consent of the instructor.

 

REE 381 • Smnr Rus/E Eur/Eurasn Civ/Cul

44610 • Fall 2010
Meets W 300pm-600pm PAR 210
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Course Description

This course, required for the M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, is a team-taught seminar designed to prepare graduate students for advanced interdisciplinary study and research in the field. The seminar provides a topical overview of disciplinary studies of the region and of faculty and research resources at the University. Various invited faculty members associated with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies will rotate through over the course of the semester in conducting seminars on their areas of research and expertise.

Text

A course packet of readings will be made available at the beginning of the semester.

Course Requirements

Each weekly seminar will be structured as follows. The invited faculty member will use the first half of the session to lecture on the assigned topic, followed by questions and discussion based on both the lecture itself and assigned readings on the topic. It is imperative that participants attend all sessions and carefully prepare any pre-seminar assignments. The course also requires that the student design a research project, which will require a prospectus, annotated bibliography, oral presentation, and final paper of at least 3000 words.

Grading

50% of the course grade will be based on active class participation during the seminar meetings and 50% will be based on the research project, distributed over the prospectus, bibliography, oral presentation, and paper.

Prerequisite:

Graduate Standing

 

 

REE 301 • Intro Rus/E Eur/Eurasian Stds

45585 • Fall 2009
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 1
(also listed as GRG 309, SLA 301 )
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Introduction to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe through each of the major disciplines represented in the program: language, literature, anthropology, geography, history, government, sociology, and economics. Core course required for a degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. May not be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for any Bachelor’s degree.

Texts:

  1. Slavenka Drakulic, 2005, They Would Never Hurt a Fly, Penguin
  2. Heda Kovaly, 1997, Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, 1941-1968. New York: Holmes and Meier
  3. Brigid Pastulka, 2009, A Long Time Ago and Essentially True, Boston, New York, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  4. Bella Bychkova Jordan and Terry G Jordan-Bychkov, 2001, Siberian Village: Land and
  5. Life in the Sakha Republic, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  6. Additional readings might be recommended for individual lectures.

Requirements and Grading:

  • Attendance 10%
  • Participation in lectures 10%
  • Participation in book discussions 10%
  • Book quizzes 40% (each)

Undergraduate Courses

Fall 2010 REE 325/RUS 360 "The Major Works of Dostoevsky"

Course Description

This course explores the dilemmas of homicide, suicide, patricide and redemption in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky—Russia’s greatest chronicler of human suffering and triumph. Over the course of the session we will read three of Dostoevsky’s most important works—Notes From the Underground, Crime and Punishment and finally The Brothers Karamazov. Contemporary intellectual and social trends, as well as the political realities relevant to the development of Dostoevsky’s career as a writer and thinker will be included as the necessary background for understanding Dostoevsky’s career. In addition, we will view several film adaptations of these works. Classes will consist of lecture and discussion.

Fall 2011 RUS 360/REE 325 "The Major Works of Dostoevsky"

This course explores the dilemmas of homicide, suicide, patricide and redemption in the novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky — Russia’s greatest chronicler of human suffering and triumph. Over the course of the semester we will read a number of Dostoevsky’s greatest works, including Notes From Underground, Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. At the same time, we will look at the contemporary intellectual and social trends relevant to the development of Dostoevsky’s career as a writer and thinker.

Fall 2011 RUS 324 "Third-Year Russian I"

Course Content: This is the fifth semester of Russian language instruction. Our goal in the course is do develop a working proficiency in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The textbook provides the student with a systematic review of Russian grammar and will be used as the basic skeleton of the course. It will be supplemented using authentic materials taken from the contemporary Russian media. The course is conducted in Russian. At the end of the year (after taking Russian 325), most students should have achieved a proficiency level of 2 on the ILR scale (comparable to Advanced on the ACTFL scale).

Grading. The components of the course grade and their relative weights are:

• Unit exams: 40%

• Daily homework assignments: 20%

• Class participation: 20%

• Cultural project: composition and oral presentation: 10%

• Oral proficiency exams (end-of-semester): 10%

There is no final in the course. Plus/minus grading will apply.

Please contact the instructor if you have any questions.

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