Spring 2018 MATH 39A 001 SEM

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar
001 SEMTh 02:00PM - 03:59PMDwinelle 89Alexander B Givental41599
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Description: This is a NON-math seminar. The title is: Russian Poetry in English

This seminar is for you if you are open-minded, and don't read Russian. Lovers of English poetry are also welcome (though might end up disappointed). Most of the time we will be learning to enjoy the sound of Russian poetry in verse English translation. The plan is to start with a brief acquaintance with eleven great Russian poets, mapped against the two-century-long historical timeline. Then we will focus more deeply on some translations from Pushkin, Brodsky, Akhmadulina, Tsvetaeva (a lot), Tarkovsky, and the Bards (at which point guitar-playing skills may come handy). We will also have opportunities to theorize and debate on the general nature of poetry, prosody, translation, and to practice writing (or translating) Russian poetry in(to) English. The seminar can be also viewed as an experiment on interlingual hybridization with the students and the instructor in the role of guinea pigs. Participation will be the measure of success.  


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