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The Humanities Conference 2003

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To Love in the Russian Way: Russian and American Professors Teaching the Literature of Love

Elaine Razzano, Alexandre Strokanov.


In support of the humanities program at a small liberal arts college in rural Vermont, a Russian male historian and an American female English professor designed and implemented a Russian literature course exploring the theme of love.

The presentation will share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings of team teaching this interdisciplinary course in the humanities.

The combination of a Russian male and an American female collaboratively teaching a course to American students created a unique dynamic that became an educational odyssey for both them and their students.

The presenters will also provide an assessment of their collaboration as indicated by student papers and written evaluations of the course.

The class, comprised primarily of first-generation college goers, was conducted as an undergraduate seminar. Discussions were based on the works of authors such as Pushkin, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Kurprin, Nabokov, Pasternak, Bulgakov, and Sholokov.

As an addition to short stories, novels, and poems, film and music supplemented the curriculum. What began as an interdisciplinary course became a multidisciplinary adventure in the humanities. Further enhancing the educational experience of this course is the reality that for many of the students who participated in the class, it was their first encounter with foreign literature.

Presenters

Elaine Razzano  (United States)
Associate Professor, English
English Department
Lyndon State College

Dr. Elaine Razzano received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York (Buffalo). In addition to teaching literature courses, she is the Coordinator for English Education at Lyndon State College in Vermont.


Alexandre Strokanov  (United States)
Associate Professor, History

Lyndon State College

Dr. Alexandre Strokanov was born and raised in the Soviet Union. He received his Ph.D. from Perm State University. Before moving to the United States, he held different teaching and political positions in Moscow. He has been teaching in the United States since 1993.

Keywords
  • Love
  • Russian Literature
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching of Humanities



(30 min Conference Paper, English)