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RUSS6608

Russian Humor

The course will focus on helping students toward a better understanding of Russian culture through the tool of Russian canned jokes. We will discuss the conceptualization of the world in Russian jokelore (what is taken for granted in Russian jokes and what one need to know to understand them) and give an account of the rules of telling jokes in Russian as well as formal means of introduction of a joke text into discourse. We will pay special attention to the main characters of Russian jokes recognizable by the description of appearance, way of behavior, clothes and other accessories and their “linguistic masks”, which correlate with their “behavior masks”. In addition, we will analyze ways of using jokes in the media (in particular, indirect allusions to jokes). The course grade will be based on student homework, participation in class discussion and a final exam.
Subject:
Russian
Department:
Russian
Division:
Language School
Requirements Fulfilled:
Civ Cul & Soc Linguistics Language & Stylistics

Sections

Summer 2009

RUSS6608A-L09 Lecture (Shmelev)