Featured Courses

Below is a list of new or revised courses being offered in fall 2019 which may be of interest to students in REECAS.

We will be adding additional courses in the coming weeks, so check back soon! For a full list of REECAS courses, please click on the links to the right.

GNS 265/History 265: An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan

Instructor: Milan Simić

Meeting Time: TR 2:30-3:45 pm
3 credits

GNS/History 265 is a general introduction to the history, politics, society, economy and cultures of Central Asia, with a primary focus on the area covered by five modern Central Asian states: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

The course will begin by surveying Central Asia in the medieval period, followed by the Imperial Russian expansion, colonial administration and incorporation of Central Asia into the Soviet Union, profound transformations that took place in the twentieth century, and conclude with recent developments in the five modern independent states and their vicinity. Numerous important themes will be covered, including the relationship between nomadic and sedentary peoples, the impact of the Mongol Empire and its successor states on the region, Islamization and Turkification of Central Asia, nineteenth and twentieth century reform movements, colonial and postcolonial policies, oil and natural gas exploitation, and others.

The course will make extensive use of audio, video and print materials from the region.

Course Guide – An Introduction to Central Asia: From the Silk Route to Afghanistan

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Literature in Translation 205/GenWS 205/Slavic 405: Women in Russian Literature

Instructor: Karen Evans-Romaine

Meeting time:  LitTran/GenWS 205: MWF 11:00 – 11:50 am (3 credits)
Slavic 405 is 4 credits. Students will meet at the above time, MWF 11:00-11:50, and attend an additional discussion section: T 11:00 – 11:50 am.

This course will focus on gender dynamics, family, women’s fates and roles in Russian history, and the portrayal of women in Russian literature by men and women from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. We will examine works of poetry and prose, from fiction to memoir to political tracts, from the point of view of gender roles and portrayals, sex, family, and career in a society that has undergone radical changes. We will explore such questions as: Who is portrayed as the ideal Russian/Soviet man or woman? How have political and social turmoil affected their roles and relationships? Who is portrayed as transgressing societal norms, and how? What happens to these transgressors, and to those who decline to transgress? To what degree are the sexes divided, and to what degree do they blend? How is family defined? When is private life no longer private? What constitutes social and sexual freedom? We will also discuss many other aspects of these rich and thought-provoking texts.

Course Guide – Literature in Translation 205/GenWS 205/Slavic 405: Women in Russian Literature

Lit Trans 423/Theater 423: Slavic Drama in Context

Director/Instructor: Manon van de Water

Meeting time: Rehearsal times will be MTWTh 6-9 pm, Performances and Tech November 11-17
Course runs from Sept 9th to November 17th
3 credits

A participatory and experiential course that culminates in a production of: Excerpts of The Inspector General by Nikolai Gogol.

All enrolled students will be key company members, taking on various production roles based on interest, experience and needs. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to: acting, stage managing, design (lighting, scenic, costume or properties,) music direction, dramaturgy, and choreography. Additional opportunities include developing educational materials, activities and experiences for young people as part of performances for family audiences and school groups. Revizor is a hilarious, satirical play, tackling corruption in a Russian Provincial town, written by Gogol in 1836.

Enrollment by consent Instructor only: contact mvandewa@wisc.edu. Rehearsal times, including some weekends, Meeting time TBA based on availability of students. Performances aimed for the first week in November. This is an Ensemble Experience; every member of the class has to be fully involved.

Course Guide – Lit Trans 423/Theater 423: Slavic Drama in Context

LitTrans 215/471: Polish Literature in Translation

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Instructor: Lukasz Wodzynski

Meeting Time: MWF 1:20 – 2:10 pm
3 credits

Discover one of the oldest and richest European cultures!

From medieval religious songs to late nineteenth century decadent poetry, Polish literature has always struggled with the fundamental mysteries of human existence, leaving in its trail unique tales of heroism, sacrifice, enchantment, despair, passion, and the redeeming power of love.

Course Guide – Polish Literature in Translation