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RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 55864
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° 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

    Classroom lectures (36 hours).

    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. 

    The program for both attending and non-attending students is the same.

    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 perdutoI racconti sentimentali, Genova 2004, pp. 25-41) 
    • A. Radiščev, Viaggio da Pietroburgo a Mosca (solo i seguenti capitoli: La partenzaLjubaniZajcovoTver'. 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) 
    • N. Gogol’, Come Ivan Ivanovič litigò con Ivan Nikiforovič (qualsiasi edizione), La prospettiva Nevskij (qualsiasi edizione)
    • I. Turgenev, Chor' i Kalinyč (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). 
    • Appunti delle lezioni e materiale distribuito durante il corso. 

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    3 october 2022.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam. Students may take the exam in either Italian or Russian.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    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.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    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.