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Siberia Study

  • History of Russian Siberia


  • Shamanism
  • Islam
  • Lamaism
  • Christian denomination

Society, culture, science:

  • Hard labour and exile
  • G.N. Potanin
  • Regionalism
  • Tomsk

Literature of XX century:

  • G.D. Grebenshchikov
  • V.Ya. Shishkov
  • V.M. Shukshin
  • V.G. Rasputin


Russian theatre and Russian cinema

  • Traditions of the Russian theatrical culture.
  • K.S. Stanislavskiy system and its role in the development of psychological theatre.
  • Art direction in the Russian theatre of the XX century (E. Vakhtangov, Vs. Meyerhold, Yu. Lyubimov, O. Efremov, A. Efros, P. Fomenko).
  • Most influential persons in our cinema (from «The Battleship Potemkin» to modern avant-garde): S. Eisenstein and his esthetics, comedies of G. Aleksandrov, The Great Patriotic War in movies of S. Bondarchuk, G. Chukhrai, M. Kalatozov, oeuvre of A. Tarkovskii, hyperrealism of A. German, «new movie» (German junior, I. Vyrypayev, P. Buslov, V. Gai-Germanika and others).
  • Animation.


History and culture of USSR in symbols

  • Semiotics of social space, signs and meaning.
  • Problem of semiosis in works of G. Simmel, R. Bart, Yu. Lotman, V. Toporov, Yu. Stepanov.
  • Object environment: signals, signs, symbols, models, their representational, communicative functions and interpretation methods.
  • Tags: mausoleum, Leningrad lifeline route, Victory color, parade on the Red Square, Kalashnikov gun, the first earth satellite, Yuri Gagarin, virgin soil, student construction brigades, The Olympic Mishka, Cheburashka, «Nu pogodi» (Just you wait), «Katyusha», «Kalinka», Matryoshka (Russian nesting doll), «Enjoy your steam!», The Bolshoi Theatre, contest in the name of Tchaikovsky, figure skating, «Zaporozhets» and «Zhiguli», «Krasnaya Moskva» perfume, quality mark, hipsters, Vladimir Vysotsky, Alla Pugacheva, VDNKh (Exhibition of Economic Achievements), tube, «Kruschev-era» apartment, hockey.
  • Visual and space codes in speech, art and literature.
  • Town as a space text. Tomsk in terms of semiotics of town space.


Russian culture and literature of the IX century

  • Russian daily culture of the IX century of:
    • Imperial household and noble class;
    • Russian peasant class.
  • City, village, country estate, and monastery in the cultural process.
  • Golden Age of Russian culture.
  • The Romantic Movement and realism are the main art movements in the Russian culture.
  • Russian classical literature of the IX century: A.S. Pushkin, M.Yu. Lermontov, N.V. Gogol, A.N. Ostrovsky, I.S. Turgenev, L.N. Tolstoy, F.M. Dostoevsky, A.P. Chekhov.


Russian culture and literature of the X century

  • Culture and literature process of the border of XIX-XX centuries. Silver Age. Russian modernism.
  • Cultural and social situation and literature process in USSR in 1920-1930.
  • Literature of the Great Patriotic War time.
  • Culture and literature in 1960-1990.
  • Russian literature of the XX century: I. Bunin, M. Gorky, A. Blok, A. Akhmatova, V. Mayakovsky, S. Esenin, M. Sholokhov, A. Platonov, M. Bulgakov, V. Nabokov, A. Solzhenitsyn, V. Shukshin, V. Astafyev, V. Rasputin, L. Petrushevskaya.


Russian folklore

  • Russian folklore: themes and genres (review)
  • Russian songs (ceremonial, love and family, lullaby, comic etc.). Four-line racy folk rhymes.
  • Folk epic songs (folk tales, historical songs, ballades)
  • Russian folk stories (tales about animals, fairy tales, and genre tales)
  • Minor genres of folklore (proverbs, sayings, humorous sayings, riddles)


Russian metaphoric world view

  • Understanding of metaphor as a cognitive model.
  • Interpretation of the world by metaphor.
  • Metaphoric models of Russian reality.
    • A man in the metaphoric world view.
    • World of sounds in the mirror of Russian metaphor.
    • Metaphoric models of space and time.
    • Language in metaphoric interpretation.
  • Metaphoric interpretation of the world in science. Russian scientific metaphor.


Practical stylistics of the Russian language

  • How do we speak, about what and with whom?
  • What additional information can a word contain?
  • How to give appraisal using intonation and syntactic constructions?
  • Whats the difference between verbal and written speech?
  • Lexical peculiarities of the colloquial speech. Types of dialogue. How to carry on a dialogue?
  • Formal business language. Business correspondence.
  • Reading of an information note, report, and interview.
  • How do scientists write? Defending of a scientific project.


Modern Russian idiomology

  • Phraseological units, set phrases, «catch words»


Authoritative texts in print media

  • Stock phrases in print media and scientific style
  • Quotations from belles-lettres, movies, anecdotes in newspapers and magazines: functional and semantic aspect.


Reading and analyzing literary texts

  • Russian folklore texts
  • Russian texts of XIX century: sentimentalism, the Romantic Movement
  • Russian texts of XX century: post-modernism


Linguistic and cultural studies

  • Country and state, culture and civilization
  • Geographical zones of Siberia
  • Mineral resources and natural resources of Siberia
  • Agriculture and folk craft in Siberia
  • House and manor farm in Siberia
  • Folk festivals