Dedicated primarily to the study of the language, literature, and culture of modern Russia, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers students the opportunity to witness the dramatic renaissance of one of the world's major cultures as it redefines itself and its place in the world.
Slavic Department faculty are active nationally and internationally in a variety of fields ranging from literary theory to Romantic poetry and the avant garde. They are united by a central focus on language and literature in their broader cultural context, which includes study of the fine arts, theater, history, and cinema.
The Department features small size language classes with a focus on communicating in Russian, shared faculty with Comparative Literature, Linguistics, the School of Theatre, and History, and opportunites for Exchange and Study Abroad programs
ARLT 100g, Masterpieces of the Short Story: USC Top Ten Course!
Professor Zholkovsky's course "Masterpieces of the Russian Short Story" has been selected as one of USC's top 10 classes. Hear a student from the class talk about what made it such a great experience (starting at 2:40) in the video above!
Incorporated in 1979, the Institute of Modern Russian Culture (IMRC), Los Angeles, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Russian culture. To this end, it maintains a library and archive, conducts a membership program, and publishes an annual journal, Experiment, and a bi-annual newsletter.
Living and studying in the second largest metropolis in the U.S.
Congratulations Professor Bowlt!
During the fall semester of 2015 Professor John E. BowltBowlt will be Slade Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cambridge, England. The Slade Professorship of Fine Art at Cambridge was founded in 1869 as the result of a bequest from the art collector Felix Slade (1788-1868). At the same time, similar chairs were founded in the Universities ofOxford and London. Holders of the Chair usually deliver eight public lectures and four classes for students during the Lent Term of their year in office. The Slade Professorship of Fine Art has been held by many of the most distinguished historians of art and architecture from around the world. Dr. Bowlt's Slade Professorship will follow in the wake of his scholarly contribution to three major exhibitions of Russian art in London in 2014-15 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum, and the new Gallery of Russian Art and Design.
Professor Bowlt, we are honored to have you with us and will miss you greatly while you are away!
Spring Break in Siberia!
A favorite Returns: Spring Break in Siberia!!
In March, Professor Tatiana Akishina is traveling to Siberia with a group of students for a 2-credit Study trip.
Slavic events in Dornsife Magazine
Two current events organized by the department of Slavic have been described in Dornsife magazine:
Film Director Ryszard Bugajski's visit to USC:
And a Round table about current events in Russia:
Congratulations Professor Zholkovsky!
Professor ALexander Zholkovsky was recently awarded the prestigious Russian-Italian literary-critical award "Bella."
For mor about the award click the diploma or follow this link!
We congratulate our colleague Marcus Levitt on his promotion to full professor, and on the publication of his new book, The Visual Dominant in Eighteenth-Century Russia (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011)
New Book by Anna Krivoruchko
Anna Krivoruchko (ABD) has recently published a book: Ekfrasis v russkom Kuenstlerroman 1920-kh godov: Funktsii v khudozhestvennom tekste ( Saarbruecken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011). Congratulations, Anya!
Chess Team Victory
The USC chess team has taken first place inthe U.S. Amateur Team Championship West chess tournament.