Advanced Russian Composition
The course is designed to develop students’ understanding of the peculiarities of functional styles of the modern Russian language. Students will be taught to stylistically evaluate language variants and to distinguish stylistic features of various texts through analysis; they will also acquire skills to produce texts in different styles and genres. We focus on different types of texts, e.g. personal diary, essay, non-fiction forms, fictional short stories, literary criticism, etc. We explore the relationships between fact and writing, work on various texts, read different kinds of texts, etc. We read diaries of contemporaries, short stories by Pelevin, Tolstaya, and Buida, and essays by Genis and Vail’. During class meetings students participate in improvisation and write their texts on a randomly chosen topic. They prepare written assignments and produce written works in different genres.