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RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE

CODE 65284
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 12 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-38) - GENOVA
  • 12 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 9265 LINGUE E LETTERATURE MODERNE PER I SERVIZI CULTURALI(LM-37) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/21
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    This course proposes the reading and analysis of Russian prose and poetry. The specific topic and reading list change every year. The topic for 2017-2018 is:

    TOLSTOJ: THE BEGINNING AND END OF A WRITER

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    These courses examine topics and problems in Russian literature and culture from its origins to the present. In class work includes the reading and translation of excerpts from the works of significant authors and critics.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    2022/2023 — This course will furnish (1) an introduction to historical and political problems that are part of the cultural context for the texts in question; (2) deep knowledge of specific Russian writers and their writings, in both Russian and translation; (3) an introduction to research methods and techniques in the field of Russian (Russophone) literature; (4) the opportunity to participate in individual research projects.

    TEACHING METHODS

    This course will be conducted in person. In the case of problems such as pandemics or metereological alerts, we will meet online via Teams. Moreover, if available, we will take advantage of opportunities for streaming and/or recording. The code for the Team will be available on Aulaweb together with details, updates, materials, and announcements. In order to keep pace with the course, it is necessary to sign up on Aulaweb.

    Students with certification of learning or other disabilities should inform the instructor (who is also the Departmental contact for the Inclusion of Students with Learning and Other Disabilities) in order to discuss possible accommodations.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    2022/23 -- In this course we examine various situations of violence and upheaval in 19th- and early 20th-century Russian literature. We begin with a look at the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, a thread running through Russophone prose and poetry in this period and then move to more general reflections on the function that literature can have in the documentation or exploration of the upheavals that accompany ethnic and political violence in the Soviet era. The reading includes texts by Pushkin, Gogol', Marko Vovchok, Babel', Bunin, Bulgakov, and Akhmatova.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    N.B. This reading is not “recommended”, but mandatory!

    The texts required for this course, as will be detailed on Aulaweb, are available in e-format (pdfs on Aulaweb) or in hard copies that can be found in the copy shop (NonSoloCopie on via Balbi), in libraries, in the Bozzi bookstore (via S. Siro, 28/r, off via Cairoli, 010.246.1718) or other bookstores, or elsewhere.

    For alterations and details during the semester (such as exam dates), see Aulaweb.

    Riasanovsky, The History of Russia (selected pages)2021/2022

    • Selected poetry by (e.g.) Akhmatova, Pasternak, Mandel’shtam, Tsvetaeva, Mayakovsky – in pdf on Aulaweb.

    • Blok, “The Twelve” (Двенадцать, 1918) e “The Scythians" (Скифи, 1918) – in pdf on Aulaweb.

    • Zamyatin, “The Cave” (Пещера, 1920) – in pdf on Aulaweb.

    • Babel’, selections from "Red Cavalry" (Конармия, 1923-25, 1937) – in pdf on Aulaweb.

    • Platonov, “Chevengur” (1928) – in pdf on Aulaweb.

    • Pil’nyak, “Old Cheese” (Старый сыр, 1926) – in pdf on Aulaweb.

    • Nabokov, “Luzhin's Defense" (Защита Лужина, 1929) – to find/buy.

    • Students will additionally be required to read several pages on the historical context in Riasanovsky, “La storia russa” – in pdf on Aulaweb.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    The week of 3 OCT 2022

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

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    ASSESSMENT METHODS

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    FURTHER INFORMATION

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