|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||L-LIN/21|
Russian literature from its origins to the age of the reforms of Alexander II
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).
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.
Classroom lectures (36 hours).
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.
The program for both attending and non-attending students is the same.
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
For the historical part:
Office hours: There will be both "In-Person" and "Online" office hours. The exact day and time will be communicated once the lesson timetable is available. Even for "In Person" office hours, students are kindly requested to arrange an appointment via email beforehand.
3 october 2022.
Oral exam. Students may take the exam in either Italian or Russian.
The exam will consist of an oral exam on the course contents (evolution of literary culture, literary texts included in the course syllabus, their historical and cultural context, critical reflections on the texts). 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.
Students certified with SLD, disabilities or other special education needs are advised to contact the instructor at the beginning of the course, in order to agree on teaching and exam methods that, in compliance with the course learning outcomes, take into account individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools.