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Ekaterina M. Dianina

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Office location and address
275 New Cabell Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Master of Arts (MA), Fordham University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Harvard University
RUTR 2370: Fairy Tales
Credits: 3
Fairy tales have enchanted readers since early age and have influenced much of cultural production in Russia. This course studies the development of the Russian fairy tale from its folk origins to Soviet and post-Soviet adaptations. We will sample different thematic groups of tales and analyze them in view of various interpretive methodologies, including structuralism, sociology, psychoanalysis, and feminism. All readings in English.
RUSS 4010: Fourth-Year Russian
Credits: 3
Continuation of Russian grammar. Includes oral practice, extensive reading, and work in Russian stylistics. Prerequisite: RUSS 3010, 3020 with a grade of C or better.
RUSS 4020: Fourth-Year Russian
Credits: 3
Continuation of Russian grammar. Includes oral practice, extensive reading, and work in Russian stylistics. Prerequisite: RUSS 4010 with a grade of C or better.
RUSS 4520: Introduction to Russian Literature
Credits: 3
Introduction to Russian literary studies. Reading and analysis of literary works in the original. Texts are selected from classical and contemporary literature. Topic varies. All readings and discussion in Russian. Course is open to advanced students of Russian and heritage speakers.
SLAV 5300: Culture and Identity
Credits: 3
This interdisciplinary graduate seminar examines a range of cultural expressions of Russian identity as found in literature, architecture, art, music, dance, journalism, folk art, religious art, film, museums and exhibitions. What is "Russian national culture?" What makes its allure so powerful? What are some of its main controversies? To what extent is Russian culture a myth, an ideal, or a set of practices? Is it dynamic or static?
RUSS 5410: Texts and Critics: Approaches to Literary Analysis
Credits: 3
This graduate seminar pursues a double goal: to enhance students' skills in reading sophisticated Russian prose and to expose them to various methods of critical analysis. Special attention is paid to Russian literary stylistics and contemporary critical discourse. Readings, class discussion, and written assignments are in Russian. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as heritage speakers.
RUSS 5500: Selected Topics in Russian Literature
Credits: 3–6
Typical topics in various years include Tolstoy, Russian literary journalism, and the mid-nineteenth century Russian novel. In some years open to students from other departments with no knowledge of Russian. May be repeated for credit.
RUSS 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–4
Generic course to be used when students are taking non-lecture based independent study with a faculty member.
RUSS 7290: Medieval and 18th-Century Russian
Credits: 3
Close reading of texts from the Kievan period to end of the 18th century.
SLFK 7993: Independent Study in Slavic Folklore
Credits: 1–3
For the students wishing to pursue independent reading and research in Slavic folklore or the folklore of other Slavic cultures. Prerequisite: Instructor Permission