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RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 55894
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8741 TEORIE E TECNICHE DELLA MEDIAZIONE INTERLINGUISTICA (L-12) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Russian literature from its origins to the age of the reforms of Alexander II

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Our first-year course introduces students to Russian literature and culture from its medieval origins to the mid 1800s; in the second year, students focus more specifically on problems of literary style and evolution by examining texts from the 19th and 20th centuries that are linked by a particular theme; students who take the third-year course will go still more deeply into the literature and culture of a more specific historical period (such as the first half of the 20th century).

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course will provide students (1) familiarity with the basic tools of literary analysis; (2) a thorough knowledge of several works that are significant for Russian literary tradition; (3) a general knowledge of the main cultural figures and events from the period in question.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Six-credit (36-hour) course. The course will be held online or in the classroom (to be determined). 

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course proposes to furnish students a general understanding of Russian literature from its origins to the mid 19th century and of the complex dynamics of its development. Discussions of literary history will be combined with the reading of literary texts authored by the most significant writers in the period. The course will also provide an overview of Russian literature from its origins to the 18th century.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Books 
    For the medieval literature:
    Excerpts from the following works:
    Racconto dei tempi passati; Il cantare della schiera di Igor'; Afanasij Nikitin, Viaggio al di là dei tre mari; Avvakum, Autobiografia

    For the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
    • D. Fonvizin, Il minorenne (ediz.: D. Fonvizin, Il brigadiere. Il minorenne, Marsilio, Venezia 1991, pp. 183-341 (senza testo a fronte) 
    • N. Karamzin, La povera Liza (ediz.: N. Karamzin, Settecento perduto. I racconti sentimentali, Genova 2004, pp. 25-41) 
    • A. Radiščev, Viaggio da Pietroburgo a Mosca (solo i seguenti capitoli: Dedica, La partenza, Ljubani, Novgorod, Zajcovo, Tver'. Edizione: G.M. Nicolai, Russia bifronte, Bulzoni, Roma 1990 o edizione: Voland, Roma 2006) 
    • A. Griboedov, L'ingegno porta guai, (ediz. a cura di G. Gandolfo, Einaudi, Torino 1992, o altra edizione) 
    • A. Puškin, Evgenij Onegin (qualsiasi edizione), I racconti di Belkin (qualsiasi edizione) 
    • M. Lermontov, Un eroe del nostro tempo (qualsiasi edizione), Il demone (edizione a cura di E. Bazzarelli, Rizzoli, Milano 2001) 
    • N. Gogol’, Come Ivan Ivanovic litigò con Ivan Nikiforovic (qualsiasi edizione), La prospettiva Nevskij (qualsiasi edizione)
    • I. Turgenev, Chor' i Kalinyc (qualsiasi edizione), Padri e figli (qualsiasi edizione)
    For the historical part: 
    • A. Ferrari, La Russia tra Oriente e Occidente. Per capire il continente-arcipelago, Edizioni Ares, Milano 1994, pp. 22-76. 
    • L. Kochan, Storia della Russia moderna dal 1500 a oggi, Einaudi, Torino 1968, oppure R. Bartlett, Storia della Russia, Mondadori, Milano 2007 (limitatamente all’epoca trattata nel corso). 
    Recommended criticism: 
    • D.P. Mirskij, Storia della letteratura russa, Garzanti, Milano 1977 (limitatamente all’epoca trattata nel corso). 
    • Storia della civiltà letteraria russa, v. 1, UTET, Torino 1997 (limitatamente all’epoca trattata nel corso). 
    •Lecture notes and materials distributed during the course . 

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MARIO ALESSANDRO CURLETTO (President)

    SARA DICKINSON

    LAURA SALMON (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Second semester.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam. 

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Students may take the exam in either Italian or Russian.

    The exam will test whether or not students have actually read the literary texts found on the syllabus and will evaluate students' ability to offer a critical interpretation of these. The quality of students' exposition and the correct use of scholarly terms will be taken into consideration.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    24/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    11/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    21/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Aula E Polo Didattico
    13/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Aula E Polo Didattico
    12/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Aula De André h 10
    27/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Aula 18 Albergo dei Poveri h 10