Zachary Seguin

REES Courses

REES 100 – Legendary Past: Russian Myths and Heroes

An introduction to myths in Ancient Rus' (Russia). This course traces the evolution of major themes, including heroism, and sets Russian myths in the context of the world's mythology.

REES 180 – German and Russian Literary Masterpieces

An examination of major Russian and German literary works that have influenced world literature.

REES 220 – Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Fairy Tales, Then and Now

This course studies fairy tales in the broader context of the history of childhood and practices of education and socialization. The course will concentrate on the German and Russian context and in particular on the work of the Brothers Grimm and Alexander Afanasyev, and will also consider fairy tales drawn from a number of different national traditions and historical periods.

REES 230 – The Devil

An examination of the Devil and demonic figures in the Russian and Slavic cultural traditions based on examples drawn from literature, music, the visual arts, and film. Connections to a larger Western cultural context are also explored.

REES 260 – Special Topics

Selected topics in Russian and East European Studies chosen by the instructor in consultation with the department. The topics chosen introduce students to important issues in eastern European culture.

REES 261 – Languages and Society I

This course examines the role that languages play in multilingual societies from a linguistic perspective. It focuses on topics such as dialects, language contact and change, bilingualism, language choice, and language and identity.

REES 262 – Languages and Society II

This course examines the role that languages play in multilingual societies from a social and cultural perspective. It focuses on topics such as plurilingualism and multilingualism, language maintenance and loss, language planning and politics, multilingual and heritage language education.

REES 271 – Russian Thought and Culture

An introduction to Russian culture from the tenth to the nineteenth century through the close study of selected works of literature and art.

REES 272 – Russian Thought and Culture

An introduction to Russian culture from the nineteenth century to the present day through the close study of selected works of literature, art, film, and music.

REES 273 – Croatian Culture and Literature

This course presents the evolution of Croatian culture from the beginnings to 1835. Particular emphasis is placed on developments in literature; however, other significant manifestations of Croatian civilization (art, architecture, music) are also examined.

REES 274 – Croatian Culture and Literature

This course presents the evolution of Croatian culture from 1835 to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on developments in literature; however, other significant manifestations of Croatian civilization (art, architecture, music) are also examined. Integral to this course are the cultural aspects of Croatian settlements in Canada.

REES 280 – Comparative Literature: Theory and Practice

An introduction to comparative literature, its history as a discipline, and its continuing role in literary studies. Past and present theoretical approaches to literature are used to illustrate the interpretive possibilities achieved by overcoming national, linguistic, and other boundaries. Examples are drawn from a variety of literatures.

REES 281 – Women in Russia: The Conscience of a Nation

This course is a survey of the cultural, artistic, and literary impact of women on Russian society and intellectual development. It examines the changing images of Russian women from early tribal matriarchy to the present post-Communist period. Special attention is paid to the "women's question" in Russia, including nineteenth-century emancipation, the Revolutionary movement, and specific problems and achievements of women in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia.

REES 310 – Russian Folklore

This course examines the cultural background of East Slavic mythology. Elements of the Russian fairy tale and Bylina (Epic Song) - such as a hero's or a heroine's journeys to the Other World, goddess worship, and the fearsome beings (for example the Baba-Yaga, the Zmei and Koshchei) - are analyzed.

REES 320 – The Slavic Short Story

A detailed examination of Russian and eastern European short stories by major representative writers.

REES 330 – Russian Politics through Literature

Russian literature and politics often seem inseparable, and this course illustrates this phenomenon by employing twentieth-century Russian literature to examine Soviet society. Representative works by writers such as Zalygin, Rasputin, Grekova, and Aitmatov will shed light on Soviet agricultural, educational, religious, and environmental policies.

REES 341 – Russian Drama before 1905

A study of the origins and development of Russian drama up to 1905. Reading and critical analysis of major works in various genres with emphasis on authors of the 19th century.

REES 342 – Russian Drama after 1905

A study of the origins and development of Russian drama after 1905. Reading and critical analysis of major works in various genres with emphasis on authors of the 20th century.

REES 360 – Special Topics

Selected topics in Russian and East European Studies chosen by the instructor in consultation with the department. The topics chosen introduce students to important issues in eastern European culture.

REES 364 – German and Russian Film Pioneers

An examination of early German and Russian cinema, and the way these two film industries influenced each other. Influential theories of film from the period will also be studied.

REES 385 – Culture Behind the Iron Curtain

An examination of the culture of the Soviet Union, the German Democratic Republic, and other states that experimented with socialism in the 20th century. Representations of Marxist-Leninist and Stalinist ideologies in literature, cinema, and the arts; the role of the state in directing cultural expression; and resistance to totalitarian control of culture are examined. Western representations of the Cold War are also studied.

REES 420 – Topics in Language Pedagogy

Topics in the instruction of German and other foreign/second languages.

REES 460 – Special Topics

Selected topics in Russian and East European Studies chosen by the instructor in consultation with the department. The topics chosen introduce students to important issues in eastern European culture.

REES 490 – Senior Honours Project

Russian and East European Honours students in their third or fourth year may complete a major project, the results of which must be presented in a substantial essay. The topic should reflect the student's field of interest.

REES 495 – Reading Course in Approved Topics

Study in selected topics under direction of instructor.

REES 496 – Study Abroad

Study abroad in Russian and Eastern European Studies.