RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

RUSSIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

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Code
55864
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
L-LIN/21
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

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.

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

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
09/09/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale
23/09/2021 10:00 GENOVA Orale